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Diego Costa pulls out of Spain squad for "personal reasons"

Diego Costa pulls out of Spain squad
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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa pulls out of the Spain squad to face England and Croatia due to "personal reasons", being replaced by Iago Aspas.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has pulled out of Spain's squad for the upcoming friendlies with England and Croatia due to "personal reasons".

The 29-year-old had been included in Luis Enrique's maiden squad, but reports in Spain suggest that the reason for his withdrawal is due to his partner going into labour.

Costa has been replaced in the squad by Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, who scored his first goal of the season against Atletico at the weekend.

The likes of Jordi Alba and Koke were also omitted from the initial squad for the UEFA Nations League double-header, while Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique have all retired from international duty since the World Cup.

Spain take on England at Wembley on Saturday before hosting World Cup finalists Croatia three days later.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20144256213546
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11EibarEibar206772428-425
12GironaGirona205962326-324
13Espanyol2073102130-924
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Leganes205781824-622
16Real Valladolid205781723-622
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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