Torres ready for new challenge

Liverpool and Spain striker Fernando Torres has challenged his international team-mates to return to winning ways as quickly as possible.

The Euro 2008 champions lost their 15-game winning streak and 35-game unbeaten run with a 2-0 defeat to the United States in Wednesday's Confederations Cup semi-final.

They now await the losers of Thursday's second semi between Brazil and South Africa in the tournament's third-place play-off.

And El Nino believes that match provides the perfect opportunity for Vicente Del Bosque's charges to get back on track ahead of next summer's World Cup.

"When you lose a game and you've got a lot of players who can barely remember the last time it happened, then it shows that you're on the right track," the 25-year-old told Liverpool's official website.

"In fact, I'd rather this happen now than at the 2010 World Cup. We have to go back to square one now and start putting some more wins together.

"I'd love us to go another 35 matches without losing. That would be great, especially with a World Cup in the middle.

"We knew that we couldn't possibly win every single game from now to the end of our careers and that the run would have to come to an end some day.

"We just didn't expect it to be here in South Africa, but that's the way it is. These things happen when you least expect them.

"The most important thing now is that we keep on showing the same down-to-earth approach as we did when we went all that time unbeaten."

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