Diego Costa was selected by Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque for the upcoming EURO 2016 qualifier against Ukraine that La Roja will play this weekend, and the friendly against Holland, in Amsterdam, next Tuesday night.
Unfortunately the Chelsea striker had to head back to London after also the Spanish medical staff proved he got a hamstring injury, that occurred last Sunday in the clash against Hull City, when Costa left the pitch for Remy in the second half.
The Brazilian-born forward lived a similar situation other times in the previous international breaks of this season ( September, October and November ) when other hamstring injuries prevented him to play with Spain or jeopardized his performances with them, having also to cope with the injury once he was back in London to join Chelsea squad again.
So Diego expressed his frustration in an interview to one of the main Spanish sport newspapers, Marca, and claimed:
“I thought that finally I was going to be able to play [for Spain] fully fit. Always when I had gone with Spain before I had hassles. This time I arrived without any problem. I was eager to prove my my worth […] but I am injured again”
“My story with the Spanish national team hasn’t started yet. I haven’t done anything yet. I’m sorry not to be able to contribute what I wanted to. Something always happens to me when Spain matches are coming up. I’m raring to succeed with Spain”
“Sometimes it bothers me that some question my presence [with Spain]. I chose to play for Spain [rather than Brazil] because I wanted to. I proved that I had the desire to succeed with the national team. The best way to shut their mouths is to play and do the things well. But as [until now] I haven’t done it I have to listen and swallow [the criticism]”
Costa insists that he is not bothered by those who find fault with his performances, as he is aware he is yet to prove his worth with Spain, but has a problem with his commitment being questioned:
“One thing is criticised is my performances, which is fair, but they can’t criticise my commitment. It’s too unfair after what I experienced in Brazil in the selection [the Brazilian hit back at him for choosing Spain]. I’ll try to replicate my peak form to succeed with the national team”.