No Diego Costa for Spain

first_imgMADRID (AP):Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday left Diego Costa out of the squad for the team’s last two qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship.Costa has a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards and was not eligible for the first game against Luxembourg on October 9.Del Bosque said, “We have preferred not to include him” just for the second match against Ukraine.”He’s not playing badly,” Del Bosque said of Costa, adding that Spain would “count on him in the future, if everything goes normally”.Costa is also serving a three-match ban in England for violent conduct during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal after putting his hands in the face of defender Laurent Koscielny.”I did not like what I saw,” Del Bosque said of that incident. “I did not like what he (Costa) did, of course not.”With AndrÈs Iniesta and Jorge “Koke” ResurrecciÛn out injured, Del Bosque included Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Inigo MartÌnez, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, and Alvaro Morata in the squad.Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez is included to bolster Spain’s attack.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also in the squad, alongside Manchester’s David De Gea and Sergio Rico of Sevilla.Spain top Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg.Spain:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (AtlÈtico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad).Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal).Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo).last_img read more

COMEBACK KID CARL SET FOR WEMBLEY DREAM

first_imgTHE day has finally arrived.This afternoon Carl McHugh from Lettermacaward will take to the hallowed surface at Wembley hoping to be part of history and pull off the greatest Cup shock ever.His League 2 side Bradford City take on Premiership star Swansea in the Capital One League Cup Final. And even Carl admits it’s all a bit surreal.“This season has been crazy but great for me,” said the 20-year-old Donegal native.“I am really enjoying it. When I came to Bradford in the summer, I just wanted a chance to play football somewhere. I needed to reignite my career after what happened last year.“Being released by Reading, you do have your doubts and think about what the future will bring. But I wanted to work hard and hope that things went well. “There were times this season when I wasn’t playing, just playing in the reserves, but the gaffer told me to work hard and wait for my chance.“The gaffer gave me that chance and I have taken it. But now I want to kick on.”And with 120 family and friends in the crowd at Wembley today, there’s no better place to kick on!His manager Phil Parkinson said: “It’s going to be a great occasion and we’ve got to make sure we savour every moment.“The fans must remember they could be supporting their club all their lives and never have anything like this. “We should all be privileged to be involved.“Everybody needs to understand the position we are in and soak up the atmosphere.”The match is live on Sky, kick-off 4pm with highlights on BBC at 10.20pm.COMEBACK KID CARL SET FOR WEMBLEY DREAM was last modified: February 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more