Diego Costa causes trouble in Spain training as Atletico Madrid ace laughs and jokes ahead of World Cup



Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 by Thesun.co.uk

DIEGO COSTA helped the Spain squad crack a smile for their pre-World Cup squad photo.

The former Chelsea striker joked around with his Roja team-mates as they beamed for a tournament snap.

Diego Costa causes trouble in Spain training as Atletico Madrid ace laughs and jokes ahead of World Cup
Diego Costa and Lucas Vazquez share a laugh as they get set for the Spain World Cup squad photo in Madrid

Diego Costa causes trouble in Spain training as Atletico Madrid ace laughs and jokes ahead of World Cup
Costa, David De Gea and Rodrigo share a quick word

Costa goofed around with the likes of Lucas Vazquez and Thiago Alcantara at La Rozas de Madrid Sports City as they lined up for the photographer.

Julen Lopetegui's side have been training near the Spanish capital before jetting out to Russia, where they will face local rivals Portugal in Group B on the second day of the tournament.

It promises to be the first mouthwatering clash of Russia 2018 with Cristiano Ronaldo up against many of his Real Madrid club mates.

David De Gea also shared a laugh with Costa, Marco Asensio and Valencia forward Rodrigo, while former Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina shared a hug with Gerard Pique.

Diego Costa causes trouble in Spain training as Atletico Madrid ace laughs and jokes ahead of World Cup
Costa and fellow forward Rodrigo share a whisper ahead of the photo

And the players might have had a bit of a balls up against the Swiss the other night, but this time they rolled around on some Swiss balls for some gentle conditioning.

Veteran midfielder and Spanish football icon Andres Iniesta and defender Sergio Ramos could be seen stretching on the inflatable apparatus, before they got down to some harnessed sprints.

The Spaniards have one more international friendly against England's World Cup opponents Tunisia on Saturday before flying out to Russia.

Lopetegui then has to settle on a starting line-up for the Portugal game, with the addition of the Real Madrid players who were rested for the previous game after their Champions League final victory.

Keeper De Gea made an unlikely blunder in their Switzerland friendly draw on Sunday, as he gifted Ricardo Rodriguez a goal.

But Lopetegui will not drop the Manchester United star.

He said: "De Gea's mistake? David knows that I know he'll carry us through many games, no doubt about it."



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