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Hodgson hopes Torres will avoid Spain call-up

Fernando Torres
Torres scored the winner against West Brom

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is hoping Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque agrees to his request of not calling up striker Fernando Torres for international duty.

Spain face Liechtenstein in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday before a friendly in Argentina on Wednesday.

Torres, 26, has only recently returned from a groin injury.

"We are hoping Spain will pass up on his services and give him a chance to continue his recovery and his pre-season," said Hodgson.

Torres made his first Premier League start on Sunday as he scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over West Brom.

He struggled to get into the game before netting a volley in the 65th minute to earn Liverpool their first league win this season.

Fernando is trying very hard at the moment and he is playing catch-up

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson

"He needs more training and needs more matches and you won't see the best of him until a little bit later down the line," added Hodgson.

"It would be very nice if Del Bosque would look kindly on him and us because there is no doubt he would prosper from two weeks of serious training. Training for, and playing, matches is not really what he requires at this moment in time.

"We also want to keep an eye on the knee which caused him so many problems last season.

"We've spoken to the Spanish national team and I'm due to speak to someone later Sunday evening but we can only propose for the player himself this is the best option."

Hodgson said after the game that he was in the market for another striker to partner Torres but hoped the manner of the goal would provide the Spaniard with a boost.

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"It was a hard-fought game, especially the first half when we weren't firing on all cylinders and they were playing well and causing us problems," said Hodgson.

"I thought we got better as the game went on and we got the points thanks to a world-class strike.

"It was an excellent piece of play, starting with Pepe Reina's throw, then the build-up down the left with Dirk Kuyt and the ball played in before the volley.

"It was good goal to win the game and I thought we were going to get a second when Steven Gerrard produced a piece of magic to find Fernando at the far post but Scott Carson was equal to that.

"Fernando is trying very hard at the moment and he is playing catch-up - we've said it many times before - but I think that goal will be great for his confidence."



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