Chelsea FC striker Fernando Torres is still hoping for a call up to the Spain squad travelling to the World Cup in Rio this summer. Despite not being called up for the Spain squad in its most recent friendly against Italy, Torres still believes that he can make the squad if he plays well down the stretch for Chelsea. He faces competition from David Villa, Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo, and Fernando Llorente, none of whom have been lighting up the scoreboards with the exception of Costa. If he does make the squad it will be as a backup or impact sub for Costa who appears to be first choice despite just joining the Spanish set up this year.
“The World Cup is not just any tournament, those who go must be the best prepared and that’s why you have a coach who picks the squad. I will work, which is the only thing I know how to do, and the final part of the (club) season is very important. We are up there in the (domestic) league, through to the next round of the Champions League and it could be a great end to the season. The more important matches you play and the more things you are fighting for the greater the demands and that is when I have performed best. The World Cup is just around the corner and those who are in the best form will be the ones to go. The national team is very special for me, Getting called up has always been an emotional experience whether it’s the first, the 100th or the 107th time.”
Torres has had his moments this season but has been largely inconsistent in front of goal. The main thing Torres has going for him is that his form when he puts on the Spanish shirt is always consistent. He won the Golden Boot as top scorer at the Confederations Cup and at the Euro Cup in 2012. His 35 goals in 106 appearances is not overwhelming but he has been an integral part of the golden era of Spanish football and one more trip with the team to a major tournament would be a fine send off for Fernando.
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