[WORLD CUP 2014] Spain coach Vicente del Bosque included Brazilian-born forward Diego Costa in its 23-player squad for the World Cup despite a thigh injury that forced him to leave Atletico's La Liga finale against Barcelona and the UEFA Champions league final against Real Madrid early in both games.
Costa is just one of seven players who were not in Spain's squad when it won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Del Bosque took Costa's Atletico
Madrid teammate, David Villa, rumored to be headed to MLS's New York City FC and much-maligned Fernando Torres but
passed on two other forwards, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo.
Spain Roster (23 Players)
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli/ITA), David de Gea (Man. United/ENG)
Azpilicueta (Chelsea/ENG), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich/GER), Raul Albiol (Napoli/ITA), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal/ENG), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), David Silva
(Man. City/ENG), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Juan Mata (Man. United/ENG)
Forwards: Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Torres
(Chelsea/ENG), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid).