Costa gets Del Bosque backing


The Chelsea striker has enjoyed a rip-roaring start to his club career, yet has not enjoyed as much success for his adopted country Spain after switching nationality from his native Brazil.

Having scored none for Spain in their dismal World Cup showing in Brazil, Costa finally broke his international duck when he found the back of the net in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg earlier this month.

With just one goal in seven appearances for Spain, many have questioned Costa’s impact for the national team, yet coach Vicente Del Bosque feels the forward will deliver on the international stage soon.

"I believe that a player who plays great with his club – both Atletico Madrid and Chelsea – cannot be damaging to the national team," Del Bosque told the official Fifa website.

"I'm convinced that in the next matches he will settle in to the group. He will adapt to the group and the group will adapt to him."

Costa will have the opportunity to add to his national tally in November when the 2010 World Cup champions face Belarus in a Euro 2016 qualifier before facing continental rivals and current Mundial victors Germany.

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