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Sunday 17 December 2017

Del Bosque: I had to drop Torres

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has admitted he had no choice but to drop Fernando Torres -- but has backed the Chelsea man to regain his form for Euro 2012.

Torres was left out of the squad for this week's friendly against Venezuela after scoring just four times in all competitions this season, despite the continued absence of long-time strike partner David Villa through injury.

Fernando Llorente, Iker Muniain, Alvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado and Torres' club-mate Juan Mata were the attackers selected for the match, and Del Bosque admitted he left Torres out with a heavy heart.

"He is a lad we appreciate a great deal and it pains me to leave him out, but I wanted to be fair," he said.

"His performances recently have been a bit irregular. It is always a problem when a striker is not finding the net, it makes it difficult for them, we see that there is an issue.



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"But there is a lot of time and plenty of chances for him to find his touch before the Euros.

"We have watched Fernando at his new club and we see that he is fighting and that he is enthusiastic.

"We hope that in the next four months he can start scoring and we will make a decision on his position in the side based on how he does in that time.

"Things are not going well, but situations can turn around quickly."

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