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Fernando Torres dropped from the Spanish national team (for now)

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COBHAM ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Fernando Torres speaks to the media at the Chelsea Press Conference on February 4 2011 in Cobham England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
COBHAM ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Fernando Torres speaks to the media at the Chelsea Press Conference on February 4 2011 in Cobham England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The defending World and European champions have a friendly match against Venezuela next week, but struggling Chelsea center forward Fernando Torres will not play a part. According to reports, Torres was not included in the roster for the upcoming friendly. That should really come as no surprise to anyone, as Torres isn't exactly playing well of late. According to Spanish manager Vincente Del Bosque:

Torres isn't doing well, and we've decided that in this case he won't come. It hurts me to leave out Fernando Torres, but I cannot be unfair and hold back those who have been pushing to get in.

It's hard to fault his logic, as there are several striker currently plying their trade in La Liga at a fairly high level. Keeping the faith in Torres has seemed to have no positive effects thus far, so maybe being dropped from the national team will help him to buckle down and really look at why he isn't succeeding anymore. Regardless, this can't be a bad thing for Chelsea I can rarely find a positive thing to say about these midweek international friendlies. Hopefully something good comes from this...