Chelsea striker Torres named in Spain Euro 2012 squad

Fernando Torres will travel to Euro 2012 with Spain as La Rioja attempt to retain their European Championships crown, the BBC has reported. The Chelsea striker’s international future had been in doubt earlier in the season after he was left out of Vicente Del Bosque’s squad.

Something of a return to form late in the season has, however, brought Torres back into the fold. The 28-year-old scored the winning goal in the final of Euro 2008 as Spain defeated Germany 1-0, and played in the 2010 World Cup as del Bosque’s side became world champions for the first time in their history, but a long spell without a goal for his club saw the former Real Madrid Coach turn to other options for a mid-season friendly.

Nevertheless Torres scored a crucial goal to help Chelsea defeat Barcelona in a two-legged Champions League semi-final on the way to winning the tournament outright, and netted a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Queens Park Rangers as he rediscovered his scoring touch towards the end of the campaign. With David Villa unable to recover from a broken leg in time to make the squad, Torres was called into the 23-man party, one of four Premier League representatives.

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