The 27 year old striker could scarcely have believed his luck when he discovered last week that he had been recalled to Spain's squad for the friendlies with England in Alicante on Friday and Belgium in Brussels four days later.
He has scored only three times in 15 appearances for his club this season and the swashbuckling, battering ram of a center forward who notched 20 league goals for the champions last term appears but a distant memory.

Chelsea fans, already mystified by their team's dramatic loss of form, are now wondering what has happened to Diego Costa. Although the Londoners slumped to their third straight league defeat at Stoke City on Saturday, they produced a much improved performance that suggested some key players are beginning to find form after a torrid start to the campaign.
Eden Hazard, the 2014-15 Premier League Player of the Year again showed the tricky, ball playing skills that tormented defenses last season but more often than not, Chelsea's attacks petered out when the ball went to Costa.
Former Newcastle United target man Alan Shearer, a lethal international striker for England in his prime, said the temperamental Costa could learn a lot from Leicester City's red-hot marksman Jamie Vardy.
Vardy has netted in each of his last nine league appearances and will equal the 2003 record of former Manchester United and Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy if he scores in Leicester's next game at Newcastle on November 21.

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