(Sporting Alert) — Fernando Torres is set to be handed a starting place for Spain when they take on South Korea in a friendly football international on Wednesday.

The Chelsea forward was included in Spain’s squad for the EURO 2012 tournament which starts next week and coach Vicente del Bosque, who is without top goalscorer David Villa – out injured – could start him upfront at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf.

Torres struggled to adjust with the move to Stamford Bridge and even said he didn’t expect to get a call up for the EURO.

However, after showing improving signs in the latter parts of the season, and injury knock out to Villa, Del Bosque has opted to take a chance with the once scoring machine.

A number of players, including Barcelona’s midfield generals Xavi and Andres Iniesta could also get a run, while Chelsea’s Juan Mata, who also missed the 2-0 win over Serbia at the weekend, is also set to start.

Manchester City playmaker David Silva, who was a second half substitute against Serbia, could also start the game tonight.

Spain Full Squad
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF), Víctor Valdés (FC Barcelona), Pepe Reina (Liverpool FC), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF), Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Valencia CF), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid CF), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid CF), Juanfran (Club Atlético de Madrid), Javi Martínez (Athletic Club), Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid CF), David Silva (Manchester City FC), Santi Cazorla (Malaga CF), Jesus Navas (Sevilla FC), Cesc Fabregas (FC Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Club), Juan Mata (Chelsea FC), Fernando Torres (Chelsea FC), Pedro R


Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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