Torres could start for Spain at Euro 2012

Updated: May 31, 2012

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque was delighted to see Fernando Torres on target in a 4-1 win over South Korea last night.

Chelsea striker Torres headed the world champions in front early on and, after Kim Do-Heon had equalised for the Koreans just before the break, second-half strikes from Xabi Alonso, Santi Cazorla and Alvaro Negredo ensured a highly satisfactory evening for Ireland’s second opponents at Euro 2012.

The match in Bern, Switzerland, was Spain’s penultimate outing before they defend their European Championship title. They play China in Seville on Sunday before heading to the tournament.

Del Bosque said: “We leave happy because we have had a few fantastic days’ training, no injuries, we’ve played two games and there has been a magnificent relationship among the group.”

Torres’ goal means he is now the fourth highest Spanish goalscorer of all-time and Del Bosque was particularly pleased with his contribution.

“He is one of those players that offers speed, movement and combination play with his team-mates,” said Del Bosque. “He seemed delighted with the goal and this is good for everyone.”

Del Bosque was still without the nine Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao players who were afforded time to rest after the Copa del Rey final but they are expected to join up in the next coming days.

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