Del Bosque backs mis-firing Torres

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Fernando Torres may not have hit top form in the World Cup yet but Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insists the Liverpool striker remains a major threat to opposition defenders.

Torres had to play catch-up with regards to his preparations for the World Cup after missing the majority of Spain's build-up having undergone knee surgery in April. Nevertheless, Del Bosque is still pleased with what Torres has contributed to Spain's qualification for the last 16, even it if has not been goals.

"He's a player who, even though he hasn't scored goals, benefits us as someone who makes it hard for opposing defences and who is always a threat to the other team. He's a very dangerous player," Del Bosque said.

Torres' only appearance in the warm-up matches came during Spain's final friendly against Poland, and although he managed to score in a 6-0 win in that match, he has failed to get off the mark in three Group H games in South Africa.

The former Atletico Madrid man has had the chances but has not been able to make the most of them.

Del Bosque added: "What's important is that he's played in the three games and has progressed in his preparation."

Torres himself admits he is not yet back to full fitness, telling Radio Marca: "I'm still lacking a bit, it's not easy to return after an operation.

"I think I'm still a little away from being 100%, although I'm close."

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