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    Gylfi Sigurdsson is hoping Iceland's World Cup despair will pave the way for qualification joy at the next major tournament.

    Iceland reached the play-offs for the first time in European qualification for the World Cup but missed out on next summer's finals in Brazil over two legs against Croatia.

    Speaking for the first time about that heartbreak, Gylfi is convinced this is only the start of something big for his country with qualification for Euro 2016 the next target.

    "It was very disappointing to lose out in the play-offs," said the midfielder. " In the first game we started well but we got a man sent off at the start of the second half and from there, we had 10 men behind the ball and defended.

    "I think took a lot of power out of us for the second game. Croatia were much better, more powerful.

    "We’ve a young squad with good players and the future is bright for Icelandic football.

    "Hopefully we’ll build on that qualifying campaign. It was a fantastic journey and everyone in Iceland got behind the team.

    "The perception of the Icelandic national team has changed a lot, there are so many positive things going on now, so hopefully we’ll build on that and be able to go all the way in Euro qualifying."