World Cup: Fernando Torres determined to prove worth in Spain squad
Fernando Torres is eager to impress as he tries to earn a place in a star-studded Spain squad heading for Brazil.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 26/05/14 3:15pm
The Chelsea striker has spent a year in the international wilderness, but he has been given an opportunity to prove that he can still perform at the highest level by coach Vicente del Bosque.
Defending world champions Spain take on Bolivia on Friday and have yet to decide on the 23 that will make up their final squad due to an unfortunate injury picked up by Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa - leaving the door open for Torres.
"This list is for the game against Bolivia. I will take advantage of it this week, enjoy it and hope we can be in the definitive list," the 30-year-old is quoted as saying by AS.
"I know it is a great thing to be here but, in football nothing is for sure and anything could happen."
Torres faces stiff competition for a place in Del Bosque's squad, but he is used to having to compete with some of the best strikers in the world.
"I always relish the competition with anyone," he continued.
"I have always had a lot of competition here since Euro 2008. [Fernando] Morientes, Raul, [David] Villa, [Roberto] Soldado, [Alvaro] Negredo, and now [Diego] Costa.
"The level is very high, but we are not rivals, we are team-mates and when we play we try to help everyone."
Torres completed just eight matches for Chelsea in the 2013/14 campaign despite making 41 appearances and admits that it was an unusual situation for him to be in.
"It has been a strange year overall with the transition at the club," he added.
"We were close to everything, but in the end we did not achieve anything after years of winning trophies. It was the same for me on a personal level. To be here, though, is an award in itself.
"I have played fewer minutes than in previous seasons and it could be good as I will be physically better. I feel fine now."