Torres believes English players should move abroad to toughen up
Fernando Torres: Chelsea forward believes English players should move abroad to toughen up
The Spaniard has insisted that foreign moves toughen players up and could make England a more competitive side.
The Three Lions team doesn’t contain any players currently playing abroad and Torres believes this is why the side is lagging behind on the international stage.
"If it took a long time to export players, it was because we were scared. Scared of the unknown," Torres told French magazine So Foot.
"The same thing is happening to the English today. They are incapable of leaving the Premier League. But the day when it is the English who go abroad, a lot will follow.
"This could be for the best for the England team. I know what I am talking about.
"When Xabi Alonso, Reina, Arbeloa and Fabregas left for England, we [Spain] became more competitive.
"The fact that the Spanish players toughen themselves up abroad has been very important."
Torres’ first move to England saw him transfer from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool in 2007. The striker enjoyed a fantastic spell at the club, making over 100 appearances and scoring over 60 goals, before he moved to Chelsea in 2011.
The striker enjoyed his time at Liverpool but has admitted his move to the London side was fuelled by the Reds’ lack of ambition at the time.
"At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles," Torres continued.
"There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart. The directors had sold Mascherano to Barca, then Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the money to compensate for the departure of these two key players.
"I was 27, I wanted to know what it was like to lift the Champions League and I had the feeling it was not going to happen with the Reds. Liverpool then was in full transition, the club was being sold and in that case, unless you are Manchester City or PSG, it can be a long road before you are again competitive.
"I did not have the time to wait. One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me: 'Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do.'
"But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him.
"Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career. He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other."