Pedro accepts bit-part role in Spain squad

The attacker is aware of his status within the national squad and may have to be content with a place on the bench
Pedro has accepted his role within Spain, admitting he is happy to perform what is required of him by coach Vincente del Bosque.

The Barcelona player has netted five times for the national side - scoring a hat-trick against Belarus last time out and a double against Saudi Arabia previously - but could still find himself on the bench against France on Tuesday.

Pedro told the Spanish Football Federation: "There are players like [Fernando] Torres and Andreas Iniesta, who are very experienced. I'm happy to contribute to the team's success and scoring my first hat-trick was special, but it is more important that we secure the three points.

"All I am trying to do is to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way, and to ensure the coach has confidence in me when he needs to call on me."

The 25-year-old went on to reveal his delight at the return of David Villa return to the international stage.

"Villa is very happy and training hard, with enthusiasm and confidence. It is only a matter of time before he is back to his best. He is the perfect player, and one of the best strikers in the world," he continued.

"We are lucky that we have players who can adapt. At the moment we are acting with a 'false 9,' but we can play with a fixed striker as well."

Spain face France in their next qualifying match and Pedro spoke of the dangers Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema pose: "It is a game that is very important to us, but we know it will be difficult. They are a great team with great players, such as Ribery and Benzema."