Fernando Torres is hoping Vicente del Bosque will keep faith with him ahead of Spain’s World Cup semi-final clash against Germany as he seeks to break his duck.
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The Liverpool striker’s goal against the same opponents in the final of Euro 2008 gave Spain’s multi-talented side their greatest success so far in football.
But the 26-year-old, who arrived in South Africa short of fitness following a knee operation in April, has yet to score at this tournament or even look close to living up to his reputation.
Many Spanish fans and pundits are keen for Cesc Fabregas to start after La Roja played with much more conviction once the Arsenal midfielder replaced Torres in the quarter-final against Paraguay.
Torres said: “No player is assured of a place in the starting XI. A player has to give 100 per cent in his fight for a place in the team.
“But if he isn’t given the nod by the boss, then he has to cheer on the side from the sidelines.
“If I score against Germany and it takes us to the final that would be unbelievable. I hope history can be repeated but above all, that the team wins.”
Spain are 13/8 with Blue Square to beat Germany in 90 minutes and 17/20 to qualify for the final, while Torres can be backed at 2/1 to score in normal time.