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Del Bosque: Costa fit to play for us

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque insists Diego Costa will not be risked if they have any doubts about the Chelsea striker's fitness after calling him up for next week's European Championship qualifiers.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would have preferred to see Costa rested for the matches against Slovakia and Luxembourg so the in-form forward could receive treatment on his hamstring.

"When we call up someone it's because we believe he's fit to play," Del Bosque said. "He's been playing in all the (Chelsea) games and if he comes and isn't in condition to play, we won't force him, as has always been the case with all our players."