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Torres still twiddling thumbs

2010-07-09 12:41

Johannesburg - Spain manager Vicente del Bosque claims he does not know if he will select Fernando Torres for the Soccer World Cup final.

The Liverpool striker was dropped for the semi-final victory over Germany as Barcelona forward Pedro earned a place in attack alongside David Villa.

Torres paid the price for failing to score in Spain's earlier matches at this summer's World Cup amid concerns he has not overcome a knee operation from earlier in the year.

Del Bosque has previously said that he has no concerns over the 26-year-old's fitness, but is still not certain whether he will feature in the first XI against Holland on Sunday.

"I don't know if he will be in the line-up," Del Bosque is quoted as saying in the Daily Express.

"It was a difficult choice. Torres has been helping us all along. His work is important even if it is not noticed. He is good at occupying the centre-backs.

"I didn't talk to him before I announced the line-up (against Germany). But he is a very important part of the team. He is one of the key members of the squad and a lovely guy." 

 

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