Iceland talisman, Gylfi Sigurdsson is back in training with the national team.
The team, making history at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the smallest country to ever qualify and on its first trip looked ‘relaxed and, focused and in good spirits’ as the countdown to their first-ever appearance at the Mundial continued.
The Reykjavik Grapevine reports that “The players and coaching staff seemed relaxed, focused and in good spirits as they worked on manoeuvres such as the Beserker Charge and the Shield Wall, before working on head-height kicks, presumably with the purpose of dismembering opponents with a single swift blow.”
The land of the Vikings have also created an encompassing slogan for their trip to Russia called – #SmiteTheWorld.
The paper also reported that the captain of the side, Aron Gunnarsson, was not part of the training as he is still working his way towards full fitness in Qatar though it is hoped he will join the team before Thursday.
Heimir Hallgrimsson, the team’s manager and head coach revealed he is satisfied with his team’s preparations concerning “opposition research and preparation”.
“We have scouts for every opponent who’ve been both analysing former games and seeing their games live since the draw.
“They’ve put a lot of effort into analysing the opponents as we normally do. We’ve had meetings about them, and we’ve done whatever we can. We look at how our strengths and weaknesses mix into what the opponent is doing.
“We look at where our strengths can benefit from their weaknesses, and the opposite—where we can minimise their strengths against us,” Hallgrimsson added.
Iceland face a tough task against World Cup favourites, Argentina, on June 16. They will then confront the Super Eagles of Nigeria on June 22, and their final match against Croatia is scheduled for June 26 at the Rostov Arena.