Morata returns for Spain as Costa is excluded

Coach Luis Enrique has recalled Athletic Madrid midfielder Kike and Chelsea striker Alvaro Moraga to the Spain squad for this month’s internationals against Wales and England, although forward Diego Costa has been excluded. Costa, who withdrew from the squad last month for personal reasons, came off injured during Athletics 3-1 win over Club Bruges in the Champions League on Wednesday, although it remains unclear if he has omitted this time due to injury. Spain play Wales in a Cardiff friendly next Thursday, before hosting England in a UEFA Nations League tie at Real Betsy’s Bonito Villa Stadium the following Sunday. Spain top the Nations League A Group 4 standings on six points after beating England 2-1 and hammering Croatia 6-0 last month. Luis Enrique has also handed a first ever call up to Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Jenny Castro and recalled Real Bets defender Marc Bart and Bourses Dortmund forward Pac Albacore, having worked with the latter pair while at Barcelona. Barack defender Jodi Alba, however, continues to be overlooked despite showing strong form for his club. Real Madrid pair Icos and Dan Carvajal, and Baca’s Sergio Roberto and Athletic Bilbo’s nIigo Martinez were part of the last squad but all miss out through injury. SQUAD: Goalkeepers: David de Gear, Kea Arrizabalaga, Paul Lopez. Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Raul Albino, Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Marc Bart, Jenny Castro, Marco Alonso, Jose Gay. Midfield: Sergio Bouquets, Rodrigo, Kike, Saul Niguez, Tiago Alcatraz, Dan Cembalo’s. Forwards: Marco Ascension, Imago Asps, Alvaro Moraga, Sus, Rodrigo Moreno, Pac Albacore.

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