Vicente del Bosque: Fernando Torres can still play at Euro 2012
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque says he had to drop Fernando Torres but has backed him to regain his form for Euro 2012
Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has backed Fernando Torres to regain his form at Chelsea, despite leaving the striker out of his squad to face Venezuela on Wednesday.
Torres, who has won the European championship and World Cup with Spain, has struggled to find his form at Stamford Bridge since moving for a record £50m from Liverpool, scoring just five goals in 48 appearances.
And even though Del Bosque believes he had no choice but to exclude the out-of-form Torres for this week’s friendly, the Spain boss is confident the 27-year-old can regain his goalscoring touch in time for Euro 2012.
“He is a lad we appreciate a great deal and it pains me to leave him out, but I wanted to be fair,” Del Bosque told the Independent. “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. 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.”
The former Real Madrid manager is expecting England to be a force at next summer’s competition despite Fabio Capello’s resignation, insisting that caretaker boss Stuart Pearce has some of the world’s best players at his disposal.
“Teams like England and France are strong, powerful nations that need to win,” he said. “They have the pressure that comes from countries rich in footballing history.
“It is seen as a negative when there are losses but sometimes it can spur you on. Things can come together, we know that ourselves.
“The world knows that England has enormous potential. It manifests with their successful clubs and with their individual talents.
“It has one of the strongest leagues in the world and they have some of the best players on the planet.”