Spain include Costa in squad

Spain include Costa in squad

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has included Diego Costa in his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals despite the Brazil-born forward's recent injury woes.

The Atletico Madrid striker has been suffering with a series of muscle problems and limped out of last Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid early in the first half.

Spain have one more warm-up game, against El Salvador in Washington DC on June 7, before the tournament in Brazil when Del Bosque can test Costa's fitness.

If he does not recover sufficiently, Spain can replace him in the squad up to 24 hours before their opening Group B match against Netherlands on June 13 as long as they can prove his injury is serious enough to prevent his participation.

As well as Costa, Del Bosque included fellow forwards Fernando Torres of Chelsea, who netted a penalty in Friday's 2-0 friendly win against Bolivia in Seville, and David Villa, Spain's record scorer.

Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal was also left out, with Del Bosque preferring the more experienced Juanfran of Real's city rivals Atletico.

Dutch name squad

Coach Louis van Gaal cut six players from his  squad as the Netherlands named their final 23-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil.

There was only one surprise as 20-year-old centre back Terence Kongolo kept his place in the squad despite being taken off at half-time on his international against Ecuador.

Spain: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David De Gea; Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran, Jordi Alba; Midfielders: Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, Koke, Javi Martinez; Forwards: David Silva, Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, Pedro, Juan Mata, David Villa.

Netherlands: Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen, Tim Krul, Michel Vorm; Defenders: Daley Blind, Stefan de Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi, Paul Verhaegh, Ron Vlaar, Joel Veltman; Midfielders: Jordy Clasie, Jonathan de Guzman, Nigel de Jong, Leroy Fer, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Georginio Wijnaldum; Forwards: Memphis Depay, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dirk Kuyt, Jeremain Lens, Robin van Persie.

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