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Fernando Torres' rivals are closing in

Updated: November 30, 2011, 2:55 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

That sound Fernando Torres can hear at the moment is Roberto Soldado and Fernando Llorente breathing down his neck. And they are just, only just, drowning out the sound of time ticking away -- if not on Torres' career, than certainly on his chances of being either at Euro 2012 or being a central figure in Spain's defense of its European title.

To get things up front from the start, I haven't given up on Torres. His ability hasn't gone, but it appears his ability to scare the ...

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