Diego Costa will pick Brazil over Spain, claims Scolari

The Selecao boss is hopeful that the prolific striker will opt for his native country over the reigning world and European champions

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is confident that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will turn down the chance to represent Spain at international level and will pick the country of his birth instead.

The prolific attacker, 25, has already made two international appearances for Brazil, but could still switch allegiances as he has only featured for his native country in friendly games.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque recently stated that he's keen to add Costa to his squad, but Scolari is eager for the in-form forward to represent the country of his birth at next year's World Cup.

"I spoke with his agent Jorge Mendes to tell him that I'm going to call Diego up for the matches against Honduras and Chile," Scolari told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

"We have received the reports that Spain want to call him up as well, but he has already played for Brazil. I think that he will pick Brazil rather than Spain, but it's the player's decision.

"If I were to choose the squad for the World Cup today, Costa would be on the list."

Costa has scored 12 goals in all competitions for Atletico this season.