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The former Atletico Madrid and Liverpool frontman has been in disappointing form at Stamford Bridge and it has now cost him a place in the national team set-up

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been dropped by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque for Wednesday's friendly against Venezuela at La Rosaleda.

The 27-year-old has been unable to hit top form since joining Chelsea from Liverpol in January 2011 in a reported €58.5 million deal.

He scored two goals during Spain's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, and Del Bosque explained that the former Atletico man needs to improve his game.

"This is a break for him, no doubt, but it should serve as encouragement," Del Bosque told reporters at a press conference. "Players should not get relaxed. This is not a final list for Euro 2012."

This is the first time in five years that Torres has been left out of a Spain squad for reasons other than injury.

Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol and Barcelona attacker Pedro are also among the names to miss out on the latest Spain call-up as preparations begin for the final squad list ahead of the summer tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Barca dominate the list with eight players, followed by Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, who each have four men in the squad.

Spain have been drawn with Italy, Republic of Ireland and Croatia in the Euro 2012 group stage.

The squad in full:

Name Club
Iker Casillas
Real Madrid
Victor Valdes
Pepe Reina
Alvaro Arbeloa
Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
Carles Puyol
Gerard Pique Barcelona
Andoni Iraola Athletic Bilbao
Javi Martinez Athletic Bilbao
Jordi Alba
Xavi Barcelona
Andres Iniesta
Cesc Fabregas
Sergio Busquets
Thiago Alcantara
Xabi Alonso Real Madrid
David Silva
Manchester City
Santiago Cazorla Malaga
Jesus Navas
Juan Mata Chelsea
Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao
Roberto Soldado Valencia
Fernando Llorente Athletic Bilbao
Alvaro Negredo Sevilla