Felipão: Diego Costa ‘on my list’
Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted he is considering Diego Costa for selection.
Speaking after Brazil’s 2-0 win against Zambia, Felipão made his stance on the 25 year-old clear.
“He [Costa] is one of the 45 players I have on my list,” Scolari told the press conference, as reported by goal.com. “The Brazilian Football Confederation [CBF] said that he was not going to be allowed to join the Spanish national team. I was asked through e-mail whether I would be ok with that and I gave my thoughts.
“I'm still the coach here so I can say what I think. I can't fight against laws, but within my evaluation criteria, he's one of the players that are part of my team, initially, and that could or could not be on the final list.”
Costa has grown frustrated with his perceived lack of chances for a Seleção. He played in the February friendlies with Italy and Russia - both drawn - but was overlooked for the Confederations Cup.
As a nationalised Spaniard, the Atlético de Madrid forward qualifies to represent La Furia Roja. Costa reportedly intimated earlier this month that his desire was to do so.
The switch is, however, yet to be ratified by FIFA. Scolari, when asked whether he was against Costa swapping allegiance to Spain, replied: “Yes.”
With both Scolari and his Spanish counterpart Vicente del Bosque eager to select Costa for next month’s friendlies, it may be FIFA who cast the decisive vote on who he represents.