Fernando Torres will not be at this summer’s European Championships in France.
The Atletico Madrid star was left out of Vicente Del Bosque’s provisional Spain squad on Tuesday, despite his impressive recent performances in La Liga and the Champions League.
However, this would not have come as a shock to the striker, who admitted earlier this month that he didn’t expect to be called up by Del Bosque.
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"I've been away from the national team for two years, since the World Cup," Torres was quoted as telling Radio Marca by ESPN.
"I don't feel part of it any more so I'd rather not talk too much about it. What I would have liked to happen, well I'll keep that to myself. I'm not thinking about the summer.”
However, Torres will still be watching Euro 2016 and no doubt cheering on La Roja.
Several of his Atletico teammates have been called up to the Spain squad, including Juanfran, Koke and Saul Niguez.
Torres on England's chances
But how does Torres reckon England will fair at this summer’s international tournament?
Well, it turns out the Spaniard is optimistic about the Three Lions’ chances.
“They can do well, they showed that in qualification,” the 32-year-old, who previously played for Liverpool and Chelsea, was quoted as saying in an interview with ShortList magazine. “Maybe like Spain before Euro 2008, the block is in their head and not down to talent.”
Torres: Sturridge and Kane can make an impact
Torres was then asked to name which English players he felt could make a big impact in France next month.
“Daniel Sturridge can be such a dangerous player,” he added. “I know what it is like to suffer with injuries, and when he has stayed injury free he looks one of the most dangerous strikers in England. After the season he has had with Tottenham I also think Harry Kane can cause a lot of teams in France problems.”
Sturridge behind Kane and Vardy?
Sturridge has worked his way back to full fitness in recent weeks and rediscovered his goalscoring touch.
However, he may need to settle for a place on England’s bench at Euro 2016 due to the season-long form of Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The 22-year-old is expected to lead the line for England this summer after sealing the Premier League’s Golden Boot award with 25 goals.
Sturridge may also find himself behind Jamie Vardy in the pecking order. The Leicester City star bagged himself 24 league goals this term.
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