Vicente Del Bosque is on the verge of naming his Spanish 23-man World Cup squad for the summer’s big tournament in Brazil.
The reigning European and World champions have enormous quality in depth, therefore a number of top-class players will be left deeply disappointed over the next few days.
In the striking options, it appears only three from Diego Costa, Roberto Soldado, Fernando Llorente, David Villa, Alvaro Negredo and Chelsea man Fernando Torres will get the nod.
With the big decision imminent, Spanish press AS have held an online poll asking which 23 players should be taken to Brazil and which should be left behind.
From thousands of participants, 35,369 fans voted in favour of taking Chelsea target Diego Costa whereas only 12,518 voted in favour of Fernando Torres, more than 10,000 votes less than fellow strikers Llorente and Negredo.
The results, therefore, would mean that the Blues’ striker would be left out whereas Diego Costa is Spain’s most wanted striker.
In no surprise, Chelsea striker Torres hasn’t had the best of seasons, netting just four Premier League goals throughout the campaign. However, the 30-year-old boasts a vast wealth of experience, and his two goals in successive European Championship finals means he has already entered folklore.
Brazilian-born Diego Costa, on the other hand, has been nothing short of sensational this season. In 33 La Liga matches, he has notched 27 goals. In Europe, his eight Champions League goals in as many appearances have helped Atletico Madrid reach the final where they will take on city-rivals Real Madrid.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with Diego Costa, with some reports suggesting the Blues have an astonishing €60m agreement to take him to Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.
With Diego Costa favoured over Torres for the Spanish national squad by the fans, the current Chelsea striker could find himself in a similar situation in West London should the Atletico Madrid man make a ground-breaking move this summer.