Why Del Bosque's Faith Is Justified

Eyebrows have been raised about the inclusion of Fernando Torres in the Spain squad but Tim Stannard argues that his form in big games justifies the decision...

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metal (West Ham United) says...

Llorente was much better choice over Costa even when he was fit. Now that he is injured it doesnt make any sense taking him and leaving Llorente out.

Posted 5:04am 4th June 2014

bastardsunited says...

So Spains strikers are a guy with a torn hamstring, a 34 year old who's retiring to the MLS and Fernando Torres - more 1 nil bore fests from Spain then. What Llorente and Negrado done wrong?

Posted 8:12pm 3rd June 2014

shea666 (Manchester United) says...

I agree with plughead80, the rise in Spain's fortunes paralleled the rise of Barcelona, that Barcelona have had a less than spectacular season might have a bearing on how Spain perform at the World Cup. Despite the mention of players like Ramos and Busquets as examples of a tough spine I expect teams to tackle hard and push Spain around, it will be a real test of their, to quote Jerry 'The King' Lawlor, testicular fortitude...

Posted 6:56pm 3rd June 2014

soul controller (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

This is complete an utter nonsense. Torres regularly chokes for Spain. He gets 10 chances and converts 1 and based on this he has "form in big games" - BOLLOX of the highest order. Llorente had a "solid" season???!!!! Again, BOLLOX - he has been in imperious form for the past 6 months. Torres' inclusion is a shocking decision. Del Bosque must have gone senile. Llorente (and Negredo) must be sick knowing that a certified loser/failure is going to the world cup ahead of them. These players work their whole life to get to the world cup and to have it stolen from you for no legitimate reason must be heartbreaking. I would imagine the lack of meritocracy will have affect the squad negatively. It has to. One Costa inevitably reinjures that hamstring, Fernando the clown will be stepping up to ensure Spain get knocked out. You get what you deserve Mr. Del Bosque.

Posted 4:57pm 3rd June 2014

plughead80 (Liverpool) says...

I've got the feeling this could be Spain's 'France in 2002' time, where they unexpectedly do badly... but I'm probably completely wrong :P

Posted 11:01am 3rd June 2014

AW2DAN (Manchester City) says...

cheers Del Bosque Negrado needs a good rest to finally get that injury sorted, then he will be ripping up the premier league next season

Posted 9:55am 3rd June 2014

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