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Torres could make Spain cut

May 26, 2014 07:29:39 UK

Vicente del Bosque has dropped his biggest hint yet that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will be named in Spain’s final 23-man World Cup squad.

The veteran coach was expected to cut his provisional squad down to 23 on Sunday but has delayed his decision because of assessments to be carried out on the Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid players from Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final.

Torres has never hit double figures in the Premier League in four seasons at Stamford Bridge and last campaign managed just five in the top flight.

The 30-year-old’s future in west London also remains shrouded in uncertainty because of an admission from manager Jose Mourinho that he wants to sign a new striker.

La Roja are hoping to win a fourth consecutive major international tournament and the subject of who will lead the Spain attack has divided opinion.

However, del Bosque has said he will not shy away from picking Torres and has complete faith in the former Atletico Madrid favourite.

“We always have to choose from a group of players and in this case Fernando, apart from his statistics, we’ve seen him playing well the last few matches,” he said.

“And we won’t go against what we think is best and if we think that the best thing is to take Torres then we’ll be more than happy to because he’s always given us good results and we trust him completely.”

Spain open their World Cup campaign with a mouth-watering Group B encounter against the Netherlands on 13th June in a repeat of the 2010 final.

Spain are currently priced 2.00 in the 90 minutes market and the draw is quoted 3.20. Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands are available to back at 4.00.

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