Russia 2018: Iceland star coy on clash against Super Eagles - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 05/12/2017

Iceland midfielder, Johann Berg Gudmundsson has opted to tread cautiously as he weighs the chances of his country against their Group D opponents at next year's World Cup in Russia.

Iceland will face Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D next summer and Gudmundsson who watched the draw while travelling to Leicester with Burnley is relishing the maiden appearance at the Mundial.

Speaking with the Lancashire Telegraph, Gudmundsson said:  “For a nation like Iceland, the smallest nation by far to reach the World Cup, it’s special. We’re always going to be in the history books, which is nice.”

He added: “It’s a tough draw. They’re really good teams, but I’m looking forward to the first game, Argentina are a great team.

“In the last Euro’s we played Portugal and Ronaldo first, now it’s Argentina and Messi, it’s going to be fun. 

On the other group games against Nigeria and Croatia, the Burnley ace said; We’ve got Croatia again, not really happy about that, we played them in the World Cup play-off last time and they were in our group this time, but we know we can beat them.

“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.

“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.”

Gudmundsson 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.