With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil just around the corner, the thought of playing in the prestigious competition will be in the back of the mind of every top professional.
Spain is a nation with a wealth of talent. The man with the envious decision of picking just 23 players from a pool of hundreds is Vincent del Bosque.
Del Bosque is a manager who will not – and has not – been afraid to exile any player.
Chelsea’s Fernando Torres had been Spain’s star striker for several years - but not any more.
The 29-year-old‘s career took a dramatic fall after his £50million move from Liverpool to London, and now the once hottest goalscoring talent in the world is on the verge of missing out on a place at next year’s finals in Brazil.
But it this the correct decision? Does the former blonde haired hero deserve a place in the Spain squad?
Torres’s form has not been up to Spain’s high standards in recent seasons.
And as Torres has taken his foot off the pedal, many others have been on full throttle.
Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado, Manchester City’s Alvaro Negrado and Swansea’s zero-to-hero Michu have all been finding the net with ease over the last two years.
The trio have a combined total of 121 league goals over the last two years, whilst Torres has only amassed 14 league goals in this time.
Not only does this show the forward has been out of form for some time now, but also proves there are players with the ability to better him.
Torres was omitted from Spain’s last World Cup qualifying squad. Some may argue this was down to his recent injury, but it’s hard to believe he would of forced his way ahead of the striking options Del Bosque had - even if the Blues man was 100% fit.
I believe international squads should be picked on form. Of course the most in-form players aren't always the most talented or the most breathtaking, but does a player like Torres, who had his chance, deserve a place at the World Cup when he simply hasn't performed.
Torres has recently found his goalscoring touch. Two goals in this week’s Champions League game against German side Schalke has shown the striker performs in patches.
There is no doubt Torres is a top player. He wouldn't be playing for a top side in arguably the best league in the world if he wasn't.
But if Torres does somehow find his feet at Stamford Bridge this season and gets the goals he needs to claim his spot in the Spain squad, I can't help but feel it will be slightly undeserved and unfair on the before mentioned set of rival strikers who have consistently found the net over the last two and a half years.
At 29, it is likely to be Torres' last chance to once again play at the World Cup. If his head is in the right place he will no doubt be going all out to claim his place.
I wouldn't be surprised however if the striker did fail to complete his mission and be stuck back in London while many of his Chelsea team-mates fly to Brazil.
If I'm honest I find it hard to believe a name like Torres will be left behind - whether he is in form or not.
If the Chelsea man is not getting game time and the goals he needs it would be logical to selected him - but when has logic been a key element in football?
However, I'm sure which ever way the decision goes it will cause uproar in the football world next summer.
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