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Pedri proud of being the youngest to play for Spain in a European championship

Pedri González. SUR
Pedri González. SUR
  • The duel against Sweden put his name in the history books of Spanish football, breaking the record set by Tendillo 41 years ago

The duel against Sweden on Monday put Pedri González's name in the history books of Spanish football. At 18 years and 201 days old, the Canarian became the youngest footballer to play in a final phase of the European Championship with La Roja, breaking the record set by Miguel Tendillo 41 years ago.

The talented midfielder, who shone alongside Koke in a match in which the overwhelming dominance of Luis Enrique's Spain failed to produce the goals needed, didn't dwell on their inability to score on Monday.

"We dominated from start to finish; we had many opportunities. They also had two chances we were lucky they didn't get in. We played a great game and the goals will come," said the young Barça player.

He spoke of Morata, who was whistled at by the fans after failing to score.

"He feels fine. He is very strong mentally. He is a great player and gives a lot. He is calm, he knows that goals will come," said his teammate, who called for support from the home fans.

"It is much better to play when people applaud you than when they whistle at you. I'll stick with the applause of the people who cheered us on. It is going to help us much more than remembering the bad stuff," he said.

Xavi and Iniesta

Despite being thrown into the spotlight as some compare him to Xavi and Iniesta, Pedri still comes across as being shy at press conferences. All traces of timidity vanish however when he jumps onto the pitch to play as if he were in a square in Tegueste, the Tenerife municipality where he was born on 25 November, 2002.

His progression has been meteoric. After training in the junior teams of U.D. Las Palmas, his career has taken off since his signing for Barça. He quickly dispelled Ronald Koeman's doubts and became untouchable for the Dutch coach, who encouraged him to shine in a team under construction. Now Luis Enrique has done the same.

"I didn't imagine being here, much less being in the starting lineup of the first match in the Euros," he said. "I'm proud to be the youngest player for Spain in a European championship."