Iceland determined to enjoy first major finals appearance
Gylfi Sigurdsson believes there is no pressure on Iceland at Euro 2016 but has backed his teammates to cause some shocks along the way in France.
Iceland are playing at their first major finals and face a stern opening test against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal tonight (11pm UAE time) in St Etienne.
Austria and Hungary complete what is expected to be a competitive group, but Sigurdsson insists Iceland - the smallest country at the Euros with a population of just 330,000 - have overachieved just by reaching France.
“We haven’t really set ourselves any targets,” said Sigurdsson. “We’re in a tough group and the biggest
330,000 The population in Iceland, the smallest of any country playing at Euro 2016
achievement for us was to get there.
“But we were in a tough qualifying group with Holland, Turkey and the Czech Republic, and everyone was very surprised that we managed to get here.
“So we will enjoy it, hopefully get a good start to the Euros and do as well as possible.”
Sigurdsson was Iceland’s top scorer in qualifying with six goals and heads into the tournament on the back of some excellent form at Swansea.
Now he hopes to carry that form into the Euros.
He added: “It was great to be peaking in form just before the Euros, and now I want to take that into the tournament.”