With the news that Roy Hodgson has contacted Fernando Torres before his quarter final match against Paraguay, we could now finally see Torres play to his full potential. This could potentially spell doom for the South American success story, as he could finally be able to put the future on hold and concentrate on his gifts.
Many have seen the easy skill he can play with when he is confident, it is this mastery and enjoyment that keeps people's love of the game alive and invariably introduces others to its goodness.
If Spain are to win the tournament it would definitely help if both of their strikers were in the zone. Now that Torres has been able to make a solid decision about the future, regardless of whether it involves Liverpool or not, he should fall into his stride and make part of the world cup his own.
The world cup is a funny thing, it breeds heroism and hatred, victors and villains, always controversial because humanity is not perfect, though we kid ourselves that we are.
The referees take the blame for the fallibility of human kind, victims of a universal shame at mistakes. Though of course, if they had have made the correct decision at the time, they may have ended up being criticised anyway.
Torres can put the unease of his tournament behind him with a simple flick of his toe if he can calm himself in the lead-up to this game. Perhaps it is youth that beguiles him at present, and now that the learned Hodgson has given him a few calming words perhaps the young Spaniard can finally live up to his promise and make himself a world cup hero.