September 3, 2018 / 12:36 PM / 2 months ago

Aspas called up by Spain after Costa drop-out

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Spain vs Russia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 1, 2018 Spain's Iago Aspas reacts during the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MADRID (Reuters) - Iago Aspas has replaced Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa in Spain’s squad for UEFA Nations League matches against England and Croatia after Costa dropped out for personal reasons.

New coach Luis Enrique brought in Celta Vigo striker Aspas as a replacement to join Alvaro Morata, Rodrigo and Marco Asensio as Spain’s attacking options, the Spanish FA said on Monday.

Spain face England on Saturday at Wembley before hosting Croatia in Elche on Sept. 11 as the inaugural Nations League begins.

Reporting by Rik Sharma; editing by Jason Neely

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