Spain boss says Torres’ poor form for Chelsea has cost him his national team place.
Spain manager Vicente del Bosque says Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not regain his place in the national set-up unless he improves his club form.
The 27 year-old former Liverpool ace has scored just one official goal for Chelsea, and was dropped by del Bosque for Spain against Liechtenstein.
Of course, this has happened before.
The difference for Torres this time was that del Bosque has not tended to leave him out of the team unless he switched to a single striker formation, with David Villa the first choice hitman.
Against Liechtenstein, Spain started with two strikers in Villa and Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo.
Athletic Bilbao target man Fernando Llorente was the backup forward, but Torres didn’t even make the bench.
“Torres is an important player, but those who stand out with their clubs will get the call to the national team – not the other way around,” explained del Bosque.
Can Torres resurrect his club – and international – careeer?