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Fernando Torres left out of Spain squad for World Cup qualifiers

1.83K   //    15 Mar 2013, 23:18 IST

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There’s nothing that seems to be going Fernando Torres’ way, as the star striker was once again dropped from from Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain side for the qualifiers against Finland and France.

In spite of scoring for Chelsea in last night’s victory against Steaua Bucharest, El Nino missed a late penalty and remains some distance from the lethal force that took the Premier League by storm during his Liverpool days.

Torres scored last night to create a record of scoring in seven competitions in one single season, but his inconsistency remains a worry, with experts and fans alike waiting for him to fluff his next goalscoring opportunity. Vicente Del Busque made public his concerns about this by saying:

“Torres had been a regular until recently. Especially for strikers, inconsistency worries us and Fernando’s inconsistency provoked a sense of insecurity in us.”

Torres was left out from Spain squad for the friendlies against Panama and Uruguay, but was always a regular for their World Cup qualifying campaign. He last made an appearance for the national side in the draw in the World Cup qualifier against France at Madrid in October.

He was Spain’s top scorer at Euro 2012 and the Golden Boot winner, and having scored 17 goals for Chelsea this season signals that El Nino isn’t finished. But to make it to the ultra-strong Spanish squad, he must improve his domestic performances, else he might well have played his last for La Furia Roja.

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