Pedro: Spain can defend World Cup

The 26-year-old believes his country have the quality in their team to retain the trophy, and has highlighted Barca team-mates Neymar and Messi as the ones to watch

Spain forward Pedro is hoping to help his side become the first European team to win the World Cup on South American soil.

No European side has ever won the prestigious competition in South America - although Spain became the first side to win a tournament held in Africa in 2010 and Pedro is hoping to repeat this feat in Brazil this summer.

The European and world champions will win their fourth consecutive major championship if they claim glory this summer and Pedro believes Vicente del Bosque’s team have the quality to build on their recent successes.

"To repeat it [winning the World Cup] would be great,” the 26-year-old said in an interview with Gillette. “No European country has managed to win in South America.

“We have many players on the field that can create things, [players] with very good skills. That helps the frontmen and we are also a very solid team defensively.

"[Atletico Madrid's] Koke and Diego Costa are players who have a lot of strength, provide mobility, freshness, dynamism and goals in the case of Diego."

Pedro also highlighted his Barcelona team-mates Neymar and Lionel Messi, who will represent Brazil and Argentina respectively, as the players to watch at the tournament.

“Neymar and Messi are two great players,” Pedro continued. “I was fortunate to play with them at Barcelona.”

When asked about his future, the Spaniard admitted that he is unsure what will happen. He added, however, that he would like to stay with the La Liga runners-up for the foreseeable future.

"I do not know what will happen. Hopefully I will stay at Barcelona, of course, the club I always wanted to play for.

“Now I want to stay focused on the World Cup though as it is a very important event,” he added.