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Torres Surprised to be Trusted by Spain

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.

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Writer: Josh_Mou  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 26 2014

Time: 3:40PM

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Five league goal from a 'TOP' striker.... poor returns
prince china
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26/05/2014 17:30:00

Five league goals from a 'TOP' striker.... poor returns
prince china
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26/05/2014 17:30:00

no matter his club form,He still remain their golden boy cos he always deliver for them whenever he's called upon
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26/05/2014 18:41:00

A certain Roy hodgson would hardly knows his onions wouldn't agree with you josh_mou. Still a mystery to me how cole didn't make the list. What was he thinking??
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26/05/2014 20:01:00

kola: Roy got swept by the Media
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26/05/2014 22:56:00

Shaw is their Golden Boy at the moment
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26/05/2014 22:56:00

VDB is highly experienced and accomplished but is certainly not immune to nepotism as one of the elements that influences his decisions. How he can justify having Xavi in the squad on recent form and yet keeping out Isco is beyond me..then to pick three goalies for Spain with Valdes out injured and one of them isnt Diego Lopez is another head scracther. He has the luxury of having so much depth in his available talent pool that it should not make that much difference eventually but El Nino despite having another abysmal year with us may just sneak into the plane to Rio with La Roja especially with Costa's mounting injury problems and the fact that he is essentially VDBs football son who he has always favored above David Villa even when Villa was at the peak of his form and the best striker in spain. I dont see VDB going to Rio with more than 3 strikers and i see it ending up being El Nino, Negredo and Costa if the latter can fool La Roja into thinking he is fit for the competition. If VDB were basing his decisions solely on common sense and logic it should be Llorente, Negredo and Villa. El Nino has been poor and if he ends up on that list it is not on merit ..Costa if he were smart needs a full month at least to full rest and heal his multiple hamstring injuries.
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27/05/2014 00:19:00

seriously just flog him off hes not anygood for your club.
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27/05/2014 03:17:00

Congrats FT...I know you will have a great tournament though I don't expect Spain to win. You have earned my respect and I will cheer for you.
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27/05/2014 03:49:00

Torres is not the goal scoring type striker now...Spain can get the goals from other areas...they need someone in front who can hold the ball, play along with attacking midfields...Torres fits the bill perfectly...He is very bad at scoring, but he is one of the best in teamwork & work rate...thats why Del Bosque values him, thats why many managers in chelsea valued him.
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27/05/2014 06:06:00

@Blu_run what is core work of a striker. The man has forgotten how play and to think about how to score. The coach is just favouring him.
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27/05/2014 06:35:00

Torres is not a striker these days...he is more of a playmaker in disguise of striker...I guess VDB will be trying to use that attribute and get goals from his attacking midfields....
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27/05/2014 10:10:00

I think we all forget that Torres shines in non-EPL matches. He's always got something to give - goals, even - in European competition, and yes, as said, his workrate is tremendous. Obviously, there are problems in the goal scoring area - Torres doesn't bear that responsibility solely. For those who say he can't score goals, time will tell. Let's watch the competition, and see if other people can make our strikers score goals. Then, let's have a moment of introspection, and finally concede that we have a team dynamic problem, and not a striker problem. This is a discussion that has demanded advancement for 3 and a half years...
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27/05/2014 22:27:00

@SameX - Over half of Lukaku's league goals came whilst playing at Anderlecht. 74 goals in 184 appearances in all competitions is his current tally. Of those 33 Anderlecht goals, almost all came in just 2 seasons. 15 in 2009-10, 16 in 2010-11. 2011-2012 saw 8 league appearances for Chelsea, with 0 goals scored. In total, the man has appeared 18 league matches for Chelsea, and scored exactly ZERO times. Now, this fits in with one of my other recurring themes. Either Chelsea RUINS strikers, or Lukaku is a CONSISTENT striker in LOWER LEVEL teams. I leave it to you to decide which path that discussion takes. Either way, the facts are right there for you to analyze.
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