Iceland face two crucial qualifying matches over the next few days, and second place in Group E is currently theirs to lose. They can still mathematically catch leaders Switzerland, but second place, and a spot in the play-offs, seems a more realistic target – although they still have to ensure they keep Slovenia, Norway and Albania at bay in the race for the runners-up spot.
And Gylfi, whose side host Cyprus on Friday night, before visiting Norway on Tuesday in what the midfielder describes as a ‘local derby’, says he and his team-mates would love to break new ground and get Iceland to the finals of a World Cup for the first time ever.
“I think the Cyprus game especially is a match at home, so we need to win that,” said Gylfi.
“Then we go away to Norway, which will obviously be a difficult game for us. It’s a local derby basically, so it will be a good game and hopefully we can get six points and get that second place, and be in the play-offs.”
Gylfi believes the Iceland squad, managed by Lars Lagerback, has what it takes to advance towards next summer’s finals with purpose.
“I think we’ve got more than enough to see us through and hopefully get six points from the next two games,” he said. “I think over the course of the group stage we’ve improved a lot.”
And asked what it would mean to be representing his country in Brazil next summer, the 24-year-old added: “That would be unbelievable. For a nation that’s so small it would be the first major tournament finals that we’ve got to, so it would be a dream come true.”