TORRES NOT OUT FOR PERSONAL GLORY
Fernando Torres insists he will happily sit on the bench if it means Spain win Euro 2012.
The Chelsea striker dumped the Republic of Ireland out of the competition as he plundered a double in a 4-0 rout in Gdansk after being recalled to the starting line-up.
Torres was used only as a substitute in Sunday's night's opening 1-1 Group C draw with Italy with manager Vicente Del Bosque controversially opting not to play a single striker.
Torres responded in the best possible fashion, but was adamant he was not disappointed to be left out.
He said: "It was not a disappointment. I know all my team-mates we have here, we are all playing in the best team in the world - at least we won the World Cup and the Euros.
"Anyone can play, so it's not a disappointment to be on the bench with the kind of players in the team.
"We work in the training sessions to be in the starting XI, but if we can't we have to give some help to our team-mates who start and hope to have the chance to go on from the bench and do something good for the team.
"Against Italy, it was not a good result for us, but the performance was really good from everyone.
"I was lucky enough today to be selected for the first XI - two goals was nice - but if in the next game the manager decides to play without a striker that's fine.
"The main thing is for Spain to reach the final and win this title again."
Torres set Spain on their way within four minutes when he smashed the ball past Shay Given from close rage, and after David Silva had walked in a second four minutes after the break, added a second with the Irish defence in tatters.
Substitute Cesc Fabregas, the man who was asked to spearhead Del Bosque's inventive line-up against the Italians, added a fourth seven minutes from time to complete a comprehensive victory.
The Spain boss said: "I'm very happy because our objective was to win the match. That was the primary objective, but we also wanted to score more goals than Croatia [against Ireland], and we managed to do that.
"This is great for the morale of the team and for the optimism we all feel.
"We have got 23 players, great players, all of whom play at their clubs in each match.
"Fernando Torres is one alternative. We wanted to dominate on the pitch and we had 65 per cent possession of the ball. We also wanted to use his speed and he knows how to find space, he knows how to score, and he did that very well tonight.
"This was a perfect match. Everybody thought he could have played in the first match as well, but that's not the point."
It proved a sobering experience for Giovanni Trapattoni's men who, having lost 3-1 to Croatia in their first game, will line up against Italy on Monday night knowing they have nothing but pride for which to play.
Trapattoni said: "I have always had faith and confidence in our attitude. It has always got us good results.
"I will ask the lads how on earth it is possible, after two games, we have conceded two goals in the opening three or four minutes.
"Something has changed from our qualifying campaign. Fear and tension has meant that we have made mistakes we didn't make in the qualifiers.
"We can see the weight on the players' shoulders, but I haven't seen this in training and I am very sad about this."
Ireland were nevertheless cheered from the pitch at the PGE Arena by the thousands who had made the trip to Poland, prompting Trapattoni, Del Bosque and John Delaney, chief executive of the Football Association, to voice their appreciation.
Delaney said: "The Irish fans have made many sacrifices to follow our squad and have been absolutely amazing.
"The abiding memory that we will take away from this match will be the many thousands of Irish fans singing the Fields of Athenry right up to and beyond the final whistle.
"They are a credit to the game and to our country. On behalf of the FAI, the squad and management team, I would like to thank them for their incredible support."
Republic midfielder Keith Andrews admitted "we shot ourselves in the foot".
He told ITV: "We tried to say before the game let's learn our lessons but we shot ourselves in the foot again.
"They were silly goals and we didn't learn, but they're such a top side any lapse in concentration is going to hurt you.
"For the majority of the game we were chasing shadows and we couldn't get near them. They are a fantastic side."
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