Del Bosque backs Costa

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will be relieved to hear that Spain national coach Vicente Del Bosque still has faith in him, despite his drop in form.

The Brazil-born forward, along with the rest of the Chelsea team, has been struggling this season with just two goals to his name as the Blues languish an unprecedented 16th in the Premier League standings.

But the former Atletico Madrid star has been called up for Spain's upcoming friendly matches against England on Friday and Belgium next week Tuesday, where he will compete with Valencia's Paco Alcacer and Alvaro Morata of Juventus for a starting berth.

"How can Costa be harmful for us? We have him so he can get in behind, run channels, pull wide," Del Bosque told The Guardian.

"Our midfield is good on the ball, with players whose touch is good, so we need forwards who create space, who move, who commit defenders, occupy them, and Diego does that.

"We've not had much luck with him but there's nothing that goes against our style. Now we're choosing between him, Morata and Paco Alcacer; in principle those are the three for the future."