Ice­land de­ter­mined to en­joy first ma­jor fi­nals ap­pear­ance

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

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.”

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