Date:Monday May 26 2014
It is trite in world football to assert that Spain manager Vincente Del Bosque knows his onions. The 63-year-old, who by the way was the last coach to win the Champions League with Real Madrid as he secured their 8th and 9th titles in 2000 and 2002 before former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti added La Decima 12 years later, has surprisingly picked the misfiring and rightfully much-maligned Chelsea striker in his 19-man squad to face Bolivia in a World Cup warm up friendly coming up this Friday, for reasons probably not far from the guarantee that he plays for one of the continent's elites, Chelsea.
Despite Fernando Torres' abysmal form which saw him score just 5 league goals throughout the just concluded season, Del Bosque - the only football manager to have won the Champions League, the European Championship and the World Cup - looks set to include the £50m man in the 23-man squad he is expected to name by June 2, if feelers are anything to go by.
Speaking to the press El Nino says of his 'surprising' inclusion:
"It's been a year since I played for Spain, but I thought maybe I could make it when he started reading the list yesterday. Now I've got a better chance of going to Brazil."
According to The Herald,the 30-year-old who has played in both European Championship finals and the World Cup final Spain won between 2008-2012 says the surprise comes from "it being a strange season for me" after scoring just five league goals.
Now I won't pretend to be certain the former Liverpool striker would've made the Spain squad had he still been with the Scousers, possibly as Luis Suarez's sidekick or Daniel Sturridge's cover, neither am I sure he'd have stood a fighting chance had he been playing with the broken Manchester United or if champions Manchester City wouldn't have sent him on loan to QPR or Brighton had he been on their books(considering Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Kun Aguero's numbers), but one thing seems certain in my mind at this point - playing for Chelsea, England's highest ranked UEFA club and most successful on the continent in the 21st century is a sure plus.
Do you agree?
Date:Monday May 26 2014
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