Chelsea's Fernando Torres determined to make Spain's World Cup squad

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres has admitted that he needs a big performance for Spain against Bolivia on Friday to make the world champions’ contingent to travel to Brazil.

Despite another season of ups and downs at Chelsea, Fernando Torres has been named in Spain’s preliminary squad for this summer’s World Cup.

Although there is extreme competition for places and the chance that Vicente del Bosque will opt for a false nine this summer, Torres has been handed a golden chance to impress.

The La Roja boss has named a 19-man matchday squad to take on Bolivia in an upcoming friendly on Friday, with no Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente or Diego Costa included.

As such, Torres is likely to get considerable time on the pitch and will be determined to showcase his worth.

The Blues forward has revealed that he is dedicated to making an impression.

“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,” Torres told the Chelsea official website.

“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.

“It's been a difficult year but I finished the season very well. I'm grateful for the words of Vicente, who has valued my performances in the final phases.

“We need to take advantage this week, enjoy it and hopefully we can be in the final list. It is a big step to be here but in football, until things are done and dusted, anything can happen.

“There's always been a lot of competition here since the 2008 European Championships: (Fernando) Morientes, Raul, (David) Villa, (Roberto) Soldado, Negredo, now Costa...The level is very high, but we're not rivals, we're team-mates and whoever is chosen to play has the support of everyone.”

Torres struggled to maintain momentum in 2013-14, with short periods of good form broken up by selection issues and niggling injuries.

His club future still remains a point of contention, with the Blues expected to sign international team-mate Diego Costa this summer.

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