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Vicente Del Bosque leaps to Chelsea striker Diego Costa's defence

Diego Costa clashes with Ryan Shawcross during Chelsea's defeat to Stoke
Image: Diego Costa clashes with Ryan Shawcross during Chelsea's defeat to Stoke earlier this season

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque insists Diego Costa is no criminal but admits the Chelsea striker is prone to getting caught up in "unsavoury incidents."

Costa has been involved in numerous controversial on-field incidents, the latest coming in last week's fiery 2-2 draw against Tottenham when he clashed with Mousa Dembele, resulting in the Spurs midfielder being banned for six matches by the Football Association.

The 27-year-old also created a stir after he turned his back on the country of his birth Brazil to play for his adopted homeland Spain at the 2014 World Cup.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele (L) and Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R)
Image: Costa and Mousa Dembele were involved in an altercation during last week's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge

The striker has since mustered just one goal in 10 international appearances but still looks set to be selected by Del Bosque in his squad for Euro 2016.

"We can justify if he has played well or badly, but he has committed no crime," Del Bosque said. "With us he has always acted correctly. There have been some unsavoury incidents, but he hasn't committed any crime and he always comes here with plenty of desire.

"That is what we value and we are not going to doubt him because of his behaviour."

Diego Costa denies biting rival Gareth Barry during FA Cup match
Image: Costa was sent of after tangling with Gareth Barry in an FA Cup tie earlier this season

Spain made a disappointing exit during the group stages at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but will travel to France this summer aiming to win their third European championships in a row.

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Del Bosque has been criticised in the past for being too loyal to some of Spain's golden generation whose glory days are now behind them.

Diego Costa squares off with Boaz Myhill
Image: Costa squares up to West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill

The debate between whether 166-cap captain Iker Casillas or Manchester United's David de Gea should start in goal being the most glaring example.

"I believe a lot in the veterans that have spent a lot of time with us and the new ones that are coming to give us the boost of fresh blood that they offer," Del Bosque added.

"Our objective is not to think that we have won two consecutive European Championships because people aren't going to value that, but what we do in this Euros.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque was pleased with Aduriz's impact
Image: Euro 2016 will be Vicente Del Bosque's fourth major tournament as Spain coach

"We have the dream and the objective to have a good tournament, but we are not so arrogant to think we will turn up and win it.

"Having won two in a row shows we have a strong team, but nothing more. We need to show it out on the field."

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