Madrid: Spain national football team coach Julen Lopetegui has called Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas into his 25-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifying match at home to Macedonia on November 12 and international friendly away to England on November 15.

Aspas replaces Chelsea forward, Diego Costa who has been forced to withdraw from the squad as the result of a thigh injury which has been troubling him since playing against Everton in the English Premier League at the weekend, reports Xinhua.

Thursday’s call-up is a reward for Aspas’ excellent start to the season which has seen him score six goals in 11 league games for his club, following on from last season when he scored 18 goals in 40 appearances.

Apsas will compete for a place in the starting XI on Saturday against Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Athletic Club Bilbao’s veteran forward, Aritz Adutiz, who a week ago scored five goals in a Europa League tie against Belgian side Genk.