(Sporting Alert) — Fernando Torres has started on the bench for Spain as they begin their quest to defend their European title against Italy at PGE Arena tonight.
Torres, who admitted to being surprised at getting a call up for the tournament, following his slow run since moving to Chelsea last year, will be on the bench with with fellow Chelsea teammate, Juan Mata and Barcelona’s Pedro as Manchester City attacker David Silva and Barca’s Cesc Fábregas start.
As expected, Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque has named a loaded midfield with Barcelona trio Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Xavi all starting alongside Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso.
Meanwhile, Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli starts for Italy.
Spain vs Italy
Spain: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Silva, Fabregas, Iniesta
Subs: Valdes, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Pedro, Torres, Negredo, Mata, Llorente, Santi Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Reina
Italy: Buffon, Chiellini, De Rossi, Bonucci, Giaccherni, Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Maggio, Cassano, Balotelli
Subs: Sirigu, Ogbonna Obienza, Balzaretti, Abate, Di Natale, Barzagli, Borini, Montolivo, Giovinco, Diamanti, Nocerino, De Sanctis
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)