Euro 2016: 1 day to go


The former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback has brought all his experience to Iceland and his 4-4-2 is an optimal mix of attack and defence.

The midfield is key, with Aron Gunnarsson and Gylfi Sigurdsson complementing each other exceptionally well. The main striker, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, averages nearly a goal every other international game but has had an injury-interrupted season with Nantes.

Iceland can produce a few surprises and will likely fight Austria for second place. But they lack strength in depth. Injuries to key players could derail them.

Fifa ranking: 34
Manager: Lars Lagerback
Squad - Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson, Ogmundur Kristinsson, Ingvar Jonsson. Defenders: Ari Skulason, Hordur Magnusson, Hjortur Hermannsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Birkir Saevarsson, Haukur Heidar Hauksson. Midfielders: Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Theodor Elmar Bjarnason , Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Birkir Bjarnason, Johann Gudmundsson, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Runar Mar Sigurjonsson. Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. Key player: Gylfi Sigurdsson. Arguably Iceland's most important player, he brings to the team a goal threat, while also being lethal from dead-ball situations. He is often the man pulling the strings for a side that surprised many on the road to France. At 26 and at the peak of his powers, the Swansea talisman will have to be at his best if the small nation is to progress to the tournament's latter stages.



A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2016, with the headline 'Iceland'. Print Edition | Subscribe