Spanish national team coach Vicente del Bosque has said that he has not given up on Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, and he is hoping to include him in the squad for the Euro 2012 should he perform well from now till the end of the season.

Fernando Torres has been in a very poor form since joining Chelsea for £ 50 million just a year ago. He has managed less than 10 goals in the one-year he has spent at Chelsea, losing his first-team spot to a rejuvenated Didier Drogba. He recently lost his place in the Spanish national team squad to Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, who has been in sensational form this season.

There have been suggestions that Torres should be left completely out of the Spanish squad given his poor performances, although many have been arguing that Torres should be in the squad by virtue of what he has done to the team in the last few years.

Torres scored in the winning goal at the Euro 2008, while he was an influential figure in helping David Villa reach the record for most number of goals for the national team in the relatively short span of time. Torres finally brought to an end a 24 hour wait for a goal against Leicester City recently. Both the goals he scored were of excellent quality, which once again reiterated that he has not lost his quality one little bit.

“Vicente has told Fernando that he has definitely not given up on him. He can still return to the Spain side,” a source close to the national team manager of Spain said. Vicente del Bosque is also hoping that Barcelona striker David Villa returns to the squad in the best possible condition. Villa is currently recuperating from the tibia fracture suffered in December while playing for Barcelona.