Fernando Torres

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been named in defending champions Spain’s 23-man squad for Euro 2012.

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo won the battle to replace record scorer David Villa, who failed to recover from a broken tibia in time.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea misses out but Cesc Fabregas makes it despite being ruled out for just over a week with a hamstring strain.

A knee injury meant Barcelona defender Carlos Puyol was already ruled out.

“Villa is irreplaceable, for his characteristics and effectiveness no one can do better than him,” said Coach Vicente Del Bosque. “We feel the same with Puyol, who is also a fundamental miss for us.

“In the case of Cesc, the doctors are optimistic. We didn’t believe there was any chance of not naming him.”

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