After joining Chelsea last summer and joining his new teammates in being largely crap for most of the season, Pedro is joining the list of players looking for redemption at Euro 2016. Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill (Belgium captain and England vice-captain, respectively) have already spoken of trying to make up for the last 10 months through international duty, now here comes the 28-year-old who got to wear the armband for Spain for about 30 minutes on Sunday.
"Being captain and scoring was very special, it will be tough to relive this sort of situation. It was amazing, but I look to score much more."
"I've always been comfortable here, yesterday I was captain and I am very happy with what I've done here, but it's normal for there to be a debate I, of course, want to be at the Euros."
-Pedro; source: Mail
Apparently there had been some questions regarding the inclusion of the former Barcelona man, which, given Chelsea's struggles this season is perhaps not surprising. But Del Bosque has kept the faith in not only Pedro, but Azpilicueta and Fabregas as well (both started, the latter as captain, even, on Sunday), and would've picked Diego Costa, too, were it not for his hamstring injury. For better or worse, Spain will be relying on at least some of these players as they try for an historic three-peat.
Success on the international stage won't make Chelsea's season any better of course, but for players like Pedro, it will be a bit of redemption and, possibly, some good momentum for the start of next season.