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But La Roja were dealt a reality check, losing 3-2, as England ran riot during a whirlwind first half in Seville.
Costa sustained a thigh strain playing for Atletico Madrid against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The arrival of Luis Enrique as Spain coach, combined with the retirement from international soccer by Andres Iniesta and David Silva, has given Saul his chance.
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Guardiola praised Enrique, saying that he was among the elite coaches and had what it takes to be successful in the EPL.
The Catalans missed out on La Liga to Real Madrid last weekend and were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarters.
Enrique faces a selection headache with both Luis Suarez and Sergi Roberto suspended after being sent-off.
Outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique lamented his side's inconsistency after they fell short of retaining their La Liga title.
Enrique promised to return to the Camp Nou as a fan next season as he prepares to take charge of Barcelona for the final time.
Enrique will only be in charge of Messi for six more games as Barca aim for a La Liga and Copa del Rey double.
Barcelona coach Enrique also refuted any notion that his departure was linked to possible dressing room discord.
Luis Enrique announced after Barcelona's 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon on Wednesday that he will step down from his role at the end of the season.
The coach made the surprise announcement following the team's 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league on Wednesday.