Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is backing teammate Fernando Torres to prove himself the best striker in the world with Spain at Euro2008.

"Torres will go there as the best striker in the world and hopefully he will prove that with Spain," Carragher told

"If he does it will bode well for us next season. He could be the difference for Spain. If you want to go close to winning it you have to have someone who can go close to being leading scorer in the tournament and there's no question that Torres is capable.

"Spain have got other strikers as well, like David Villa, but they will be looking to Torres to get them five or six goals and if he performs as well as he has done for us then I'm sure he can do that."