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Torres hopeful of World Cup chance

Fernando Torres has spoken of his delight to be back in the Spain fold and is determined to make the most of his opportunity with World Cup spots up for grabs.

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A combination of injury and disappointing form for Chelsea had seen Torres lose his place in the Spain set-up over the last year but the striker earned a recall to the provisional 30-man World Cup squad that coach Vicente del Bosque named earlier this month.

And Torres was also one of the players retained by Del Bosque on Sunday for their upcoming pre-World Cup friendly with Bolivia, giving the 30-year-old a chance to further press his claims for a spot on the plane to Brazil.

The former Atletico Madrid and Liverpool striker, who scored in the finals of both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, told the Spanish press on Monday: "It's very nice to be back with the national team. I've gone a year without being with La Roja, since the Confederations Cup.

"I knew that anything could happen. Yesterday, I was only hoping to hear my name. I knew that I could've been here or not, but now I have a better chance of being in Brazil.


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