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Diego Costa confident of playing in Spain's World Cup opener

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Spain striker Diego Costa. © Dani Sánchez Spain striker Diego Costa.

Spain striker Diego Costa has assured reporters that he feels in good shape and is convinced that he’ll make La Roja’s World Cup opener on 13 June against Holland. The Atlético Madrid man also vowed to pay back the faith shown in him by national coach Vicente Del Bosque.

Speaking on his arrival at the Spain camp at Las Rozas, Madrid, he said: “I feel good, I’ve had treatment this week after the Champions League final and it’s been a while since I’ve had time to recover [properly]. Now I want to train, because I’ve done hardly anything for some weeks; what's important is training a bit. Will I make the first match of the World Cup? Of course, why not.”

Costa also admitted that the thought did go through his mind “once” that he would miss the World Cup due to a minor muscle injury. “I was afraid that it could be something more," he conceded. "I’m grateful to the coach; I hope to give him everything I can to repay his faith in me.”

The Brazilian-born player added: “After the Champions League final I was keen to have the scan and it turned out well, because it wasn’t anything that could rule me out of the World Cup. Whenever the season ends I’m keen to return to action, but this time even more so.”

“If it were up to me I’d train, but they’re not going to let me,” Costa said to laughter when asked if he would be able to take part in Monday’s training session. However, he does expect to be able to play in Saturday’s friendly against El Salvador in Washington. “I have to speak to the doctors, but I think I will be able to play,” he said. “I’m very happy. Experiencing something like this is very special to me. I hope I can do as well as this season.”

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