Torres feels he's returning to his best after finding the net for Spain in the Euros.
Torres, who struck twice in Thursday's 4-0 Euro win over the Republic of Ireland, said: "Del Bosque phoned me before dropping me for the Venezuela friendly and I fully understood. I had lost some of my love for being at work.
"I had stopped setting an example to younger players, which is something I was taught to do at Atletico Madrid.
"Being picked for Spain had become a habit. Now it is a prize again."