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Luis Enrique offers Pedri advice after first Spain call-up

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The midfielder is in the squad for three World Cup qualifiers

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Spain coach Luis Enrique had some advice for Barcelona midfielder Pedri after including the 18-year-old in his squad for the first time.

Pedri’s been called up for Spain’s World Cup qualifiers against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo and will be hoping to make his senior international debut.

Luis Enrique was asked about Pedri, and similarities with Andres Iniesta, after naming his squad and had this to say about the youngster.

“I think what’s best for Pedri is to continue resembling himself since he’s already important enough to start most games at his club and to be called up to the national team ahead of a European tournament.

“And regarding Iniesta, he’s a huge name. Of course he looks up to him because they play in a similar position and I’m sure he will learn a lot if he watches closely what Iniesta used to do. But Pedri needs to be Pedri.”

The Spain boss also praised Pedri and spoke about the qualities he can bring to the team.

“In Pedri, we’ve seen a player with the ideal conditions to play in midfield. He’s a player that positions himself incredibly well. I think he can give us a lot. And something that should be appreciated and valued is his balance between attack and defence.”

Source | Sports Illustrated

Spain’s first game is on March 25 against Greece in Granada. The team then play in Georgia three days later before taking on Kosovo in Seville on March 31.