Jul 05, 2016

    Iceland belong at the big stage: Sigurdsson


    GYLFI Sigurdsson has promised Iceland will not be content to bask in the glory of their Euro 2016 heroics, having had a taste of the highs and lows of

    tournament football.

    The smallest nation ever to take part in the European championship, with a population of just 330,000, stunned England to reach the last eight. They received a reality check in a 5-2 thrashing by hosts France

    on Sunday.

    But Iceland's cool blue replica shirts had already sold out before the France defeat. They have made their mark.

    "Of course, this experience was (an) incredible, fantastic three or four weeks for us and I'm sure all the players want to experience this again,"

    said Swansea City playmaker Sigurdsson.

    Iceland started the tournament by stunning Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal with a 1-1 draw.

    His comment that they had a "small mentality" because of their dogged defence won only more supporters for Iceland.

    They held Hungary by the same score and beat Austria 2-1 to reach the last 16 and created one of the biggest shocks of all time by coming back from a goal

    down to beat England 2-1.

    Halldorsson, who plays for NEC Nijmenen in the Netherlands, believes that Iceland now belong among Europe's best.

    "Now, we have gotten a taste of being at the big stage, we love it and we belong here.

    "It is going to be very tough but we are going to go all in and give it all we have to qualify (for the World Cup)."