“Eagles will be tough” – Burnley’s Gudmundsson relishing Iceland’s World Cup draw

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson of Iceland in action during the international friendly match between Iceland and Czech [Image: Getty]

Burnley ace, Johann Berg Gudmundsson described watching Iceland in the World Cup draw as ‘surreal’ after seeing his history-making moment inch closer.

Iceland will face Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria in Group D next summer and Gudmundsson watched the draw while traveling to Leicester with Burnley.

Iceland became the smallest nation in history to qualify for the World Cup but their reward is a daunting group, not that it’s put any fear into the in-form Gudmundsson, who is set to be become the first Claret to play in a World Cup since Billy Hamilton and Tommy Cassidy represented Northern Ireland in 1982.

Gudmundsson said the draw brought home the reality of what he had achieved with Iceland.

“It was a bit weird before the draw that we were actually going to be in there, that was a bit surreal,” he said.

“It’s still far away, we need to concentrate on club football, but it got a bit more realistic that we were going to be at the World Cup when the draw was made.

The Super Eagles were drawn in Group D alongside Nigeria, Croatia and tournament debutants Iceland.

Gudmundsson, who plays his club football with Burnley in the Premier League, told the Lancashire Telegraph that Iceland will back themselves in Russia 2018.

“Nigeria from the fourth pot, that’s one of the toughest opponents there, but anything can happen in a big tournament like the World Cup,” Gudmundsson said.

“We’ve done some good things over the last few years and we’ll go out there, enjoy it and try and do good things again.”

Nigeria and Iceland have met just once before: a 1981 friendly in Reykjavik which was won 3-0 by the European team.

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