Everton attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurðsson has revealed the main strength of Nigeria’s World Cup rivals Iceland, saying teamwork has been the key to their success in recent years.
Apart from Sigurðsson, the Nordic country have in their ranks top stars including Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City), Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (Burnley), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Emil Hallfreðsson (Udinese) and Alfreð Finnbogason (Augsburg)., but their strength lies in unity, the playmaker has stressed.
”It has a lot to do with the team spirit that we have. How we are as a group is unique,” Gylfi Sigurðsson was quoted as saying by fifa.com.
The country’s modest population, and the consequently small pool of players to pick from, ensures that Hallgrimsson’s squad rarely changes, and is largely comprised of close friends who have come through the youth ranks together.
Sigurðsson started every single game for Iceland in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and was on target against Kosovo and Ukraine.
Nigeria will face Iceland at Volgograd Arena, Volgograd on June 22 in their second match in Group D of the 2018 World Cup.