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Striker keen to start against the Dutch

Spain stiker Fernando Torres has admitted his lack of fitness has hampered his form at the World Cup, but insists he is fully prepared to start against the Netherlands.

The striker came on as a substitute in Spain’s opening match against Switzerland but after started the next four games was dropped from the semi-final tie against Germany.

With Pedro playing well in his absence, Torres could be resigned to a place on the bench in Johannesburg.

"I still feel I have a big part to play at this World Cup," Torres told the Daily Express.

"It is up to the coach, Vicente del Bosque, if he starts me, but I feel ready.

"I don't want to make excuses but I haven't been at my best in this World Cup because my fitness is not where it should be.

"But every day I feel that little bit sharper in training and I am ready to start if called on.

"It's been my dream to score in a World Cup final since I was a boy.

"When we were playing in the street and I scored I would always pretend I was scoring the winning goal in the final. On Sunday I have the chance to make that dream come true.

"I don't want to even imagine what defeat feels like."

Torres is fully focussed on Spain and dismissed any speculation about his future at Liverpool.

"To get one chance at one World Cup final is more than most players will ever have. So my concentration is on Spain," he said.

"After Sunday I can think about meeting the new manager. Then they can tell me their plans."

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