Spain drops Chelsea's Fernando Torres

Updated: February 24, 2012, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Struggling Chelsea forward Fernando Torres has been dropped by world and European champion Spain for the first time in more than five years.

Torres was omitted Friday from the roster announced by coach Vicente del Bosque for next week's exhibition against Venezuela.

Wednesday's game is the last before del Bosque picks the players who will defend Spain's title at the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine from June 8 to July 1.

"Torres is not in good form and we believed in this case it was better if he didn't come," del Bosque said. "But this doesn't mean anything. This is not a definitive list for Euro."

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