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Spain striker Fernando Torres has said he is excited about the possibility of playing at the Estadio Vicente Calderon for the first time in five years when Spain take on France in a World Cup Group I qualifier.

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Torres, 28, came through the ranks at Atletico Madrid and became the club's captain at the age of 19 before leaving to join Liverpool in summer 2007 for £21.5 million.

After training with his Spanish team-mates at the stadium on Monday, the Chelsea No. 9 told Spanish TV that he felt both he and his former club had progressed since his departure.

"The atmosphere is going to be spectacular in the Calderon - I hope to have the opportunity to play and enjoy this stadium again," he said.

"In these five years, a lot of things have happened. Both Atletico Madrid and myself have progressed in the five years. I think I am a much better player, and the club has grown to the level it is at today. All Atleticos hope it will be there for a long time."

It is not yet certain that Torres will get a chance to take the field against France, as Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque could again decide against playing a traditional centre forward and choose Cesc Fabregas in a roving role up front.

Torres said such tactical flexibility and squad strength was why Spain were the current reigning world and European champions.

"Sometimes the team plays with a 'false nine', sometimes with a 'nine'," he said. "With this team, it is difficult to get a place in any position, and that is why it is the best in the world.

"Over time, different players have come in and you never notice a drop in performance. For that, I am happy to be here."


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