Fernando Torres is ready to become the latest Spain star to make 100 international appearances when the World and European champions take on Saudi Arabia in a friendly this evening.

The Chelsea striker has hit 31 goals in 99 appearances for his country so far, and is likely to be given the start by Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque to mark his landmark appearance.

A number of the Spanish side have recently passed the century of international caps, including Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez. Torres' former-Liverpool teammate Xabi Alonso was the latest to reach the milestone, making his 100th appearance during Euro 2012.

Alongside Torres on 99 caps is Carles Puyol, but the Barcelona defender will have to wait to join Torres as he remains sidelined through injury.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque paid tribute to the performances of Torres.

"For Torres, it's a proud moment to reach 100," said Del Bosque. "Many players from this generation could reach the number."

Fernando Torres currently sits tied for sixth on the list of all-time most capped Spain players, behind Raul, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Andoni Zubizarreta and Iker Casillas.

The 28-year-old striker finds himself third on the all-time list of Spain's top goalscorers, behind Raul - who has 44 international goals - and David Villa - who has 51.

Vicente Del Bosque's side take on Saudi Arabia this evening as they warm up for their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign. The current holders face Georgia in their opening game on Tuesday.

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