The reason why £50m Chelsea dud Torres is going to the World Cup

Torres Scores Spain Euro 2008

The simple fact is ... Fernando Torres scores goals in knockout football.

Spain have announced their World Cup squad for the upcoming tournament in Brazil, and it is one hell of a line-up. Casillas, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Costa - it is a team so impressive that the likes of Mata, Cazorla and Koke are just fringe players. For all the talk of this Spain squad struggling, it is hard to see where that assessment has come from.

However the one name that has got a few fans despairing is Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. The former Liverpool player cost The Blues £50 million back in 2011 - but has scored just 20 league goals in 110 Premier League matches for the club.

With that in mind many are wondering just why Vicente del Bosque has taken him. The answer is simple, and for Chelsea fans probably hard to stomach. He is still perhaps the best natural goalscorer on the planet - especially in cup football.

His record for Chelsea, league games aside, is fantastic. In European football at Stamford Bridge he has scored an impressive 17 times in 40 appearances. Add in his World Club championship tally of two in three and when it comes to big games on the big stage he has 20 goals in 43 games - a record that dwarfs his paltry return in the Premier League.

And it is not just for Chelsea he shows this ability to turn up on a certain stage. The fact is that nobody scored more goals than Torres at the Confederations Cup last summer and the European Championships in Poland/Ukraine in 2012.

The fact is, as hard as it is to believe, that if Spain want to bank on a player to turn up with a crucial goal in Brazil Torres is their likely hero. And that is why he got the nod.

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