Chelsea star gets another snub from World champions

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Chelsea flop Fernando Torres has been left out of another Spain squad, while a number of other Premier League stars get the call up.

Manager Vicente del Bosque has opted to go without Euro 2012’s top scorer in Torres, whose domestic form continues to be a source of frustration for Blues fans.

Chelsea are suffering from stuttering form in recent weeks under interim manager Rafael Benitez and the former Liverpool manager has not had the regenerative effect on the striker’s form as was hoped when he took over.

Comments from the Roja boss also suggested Torres would have to fight hard to get back into contention, as there was no mention of the £50million striker when questions were asked about the 21-man group.

Swansea City’s Michu had been pushing for a place and Del Bosque admitted he had been considered for selection, but opted against using him to avoid “experimentation” for the clash with Uruguay.

Torres’ Chelsea teammates Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta were recalled to the squad, as were David Silva of Manchester City, Santi Cazorla of Arsenal and new Gunners signing Nacho Monreal.

‘El Niño’ has not played for the national team since coming on as a late substitute in the friendly against France last October.

Being overlooked again is the culmination of two years of indifferent form for the 28-year-old and his place in the starting line-up at Chelsea is also under threat since Demba Ba was signed from Newcastle United early in the January transfer window.

Spain will play Copa America champions Uruguay in the friendly match next Wednesday, which will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

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