Villa defends Torres ahead of Portugal clash
Villa, who has already bagged three goals himself in the tournament, finds himself alongside a player who looks low on form and confidence after spending almost two months out after knee surgery.
Despite the lack of goals, Villa still believes that Torres offers enough to the team to keep his place.
"First of all I haven't really heard any criticism of Fernando and I certainly don't share a view of his performances being lacklustre,'' he said. "Perhaps he hasn't scored a goal but he's done spectacular work.
"He really is very happy in the squad, he's made an enormous effort to help this team. Let's remember what state he was in with his knee a month ago.
"He is supporting the team with his play, so I'm very thankful to him and I think his performances have been very good. He is doing some excellent work, but forwards are always measured by the goals they score and I'm totally convinced that if he continues working as well as he is, he will score goals.''