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Euro 2016 - Danny wary of Iceland's Gylfi

Posted on 27 June 2016  - 12:44

Danny Rose has identified former Spurs team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson as someone to keep tabs on as England prepare for their first knockout game at Euro 2016 against Iceland tonight (Monday, June 27).

Danny Rose in action for England at Euro 2016Gylfi Sigurdsson playing for Iceland against Austria during the group stages of Euro 2016

Our flying left-back was in fine form in the Three Lions’ first two fixtures in France along with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker, and is hoping to feature again in this evening’s last 16 battle.

Iceland include three ex-Spurs players among their number in Eidur Gudjohnsen, Emil Hallfredsson and Gylfi but it’s the latter, a team-mate of Danny’s at White Hart Lane during 2013-14, who the 25-year-old is eyeing most cautiously ahead of kick-off in Nice.

“Iceland like to sit in but they have some very dangerous players in attack, especially Gylfi Sigurdsson,” Danny told FATV.

 


“I’ve had the privilege of playing with him and he’s such a good player – very underrated. He’s one of the best finishers with both feet I’ve ever come across.

“He’s been great for Iceland, especially in the qualifying rounds to get them here.”

Danny’s senior international debut came as recently as March of this year in a 3-2 victory over Germany, but the former Leeds United man says he feels very much at home in the England camp and is preparing for the next challenge this evening with one aim in mind – making further progress in the competition.

“It has been great,” he added. “I have to thank the lads and staff for making me feel welcome. I’ve settled in very well and I’m grateful that I’ve managed to start the first two games.

“It has been a pretty surreal experience for me since I made my debut in March and I don’t want it to end. I hope we can go as far as possible and stay here until the end and win it.”

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Above: Ex-Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson on duty for Iceland at Euro 2016.