Llorente: It would be a shame not to go to Brazil

The striker has dismissed reports that he has been upset by the prospect of missing out on the World Cup and says there is plenty of time before the next squad is named.

Juventus attacker Fernando Llorente has insisted that he does not have any problems with either Spain coach Vicente del Bosque or Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The former Athletic Bilbao forward has been left out of the squad for Wednesday's international friendly against Italy but has dismissed suggestions that he's unhappy with the Brazil-born striker's inclusion.

"I need to accept Del Bosque's decision," Llorente told Cadena Cope. "I would have liked to have been in the squad but Diego Costa is having an incredible season."

The 29-year-old then went on to stress that he has not given up hope of fighting his way back into the Spain squad ahead of this summer's showpiece event.

"It would be a shame not to go to the World Cup but there is still a long time before the next squad is named," he pointed out. "I will do my utmost to make the team again."

Llorente has been in fine form for Juventus this season, scoring 11 goals in 23 Serie A appearances.

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