2014 World Cup qualifying

Spain drops Fernando Torres

March 15, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
MADRID -- Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has left out Fernando Torres from his squad for two World Cup qualifiers, including the critical match against France.

Del Bosque says "Torres had been a regular until recently, his inconsistency worries us."

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea takes the place of injured captain Iker Casillas, while Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez makes the 24-man squad despite nursing a leg injury.

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