Costa: Spain are World Cup favourites

World Cup 2018 By: Ambrose Udeme | 28/03/2018

Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa believes Spain should think of themselves as ‘favourites’ for the World Cup in Russia after whipping Argentina silly in a friendly.

The former Chelsea striker opened the scoring at his home stadium – as he made his first international start in over nine months in Spain's 6-1 thrashing of the South Americans.

"With the players that we have, we cannot say that Spain are not favourites,” Costa told Cadena Cope on Tuesday night.

"I want to be on the plane and will be trying everything to make it, but we have a lot of strikers pushing for places.

"We are the four (Costa, Rodrigo, Aspas and Morata) but maybe we all cannot go, but I want to help my country and it’s nice to play.

"Tonight’s result might be a little misleading as when Messi is not playing, it makes a difference but we were strong and we are happy. My injury? It’s just an impact injury, I’m all good and I’ll be ready to play on Saturday." said Costa on Football Espana

Isco netted his first professional hat-trick to help a sensational Spain thrash Argentina 6-1 in Tuesday’s friendly in Madrid.

Diego Costa, restored to the starting line-up for the first time in a year, gave the hosts the lead with a neat finish past Sergio Romero.