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Böðvarsson cannot wait for historic World Cup draw!

Iceland set to find out group stage opponents on Friday

30 November 2017

Reading striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson says he cannot wait to find out who he may be playing at next year's World Cup, with the draw taking place on Friday in Russia.

This is the first time that Iceland has ever qualified for a World Cup, and there's a small chance they may have a chance to repeat their heroics against England in the group stages - should they be drawn together.

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Böðvarsson, who has 36 Iceland caps to his name and was one of the key players for his country at Euro 2016 and in World Cup qualifying, says the excitement in his homeland is at fever pitch.

"The nation and all of the players can’t wait to see for the first time in the history of the country what the World Cup group will look like," he said. "It’s going to be exciting!"

"I’m going to try to follow it – social media is there so I’ll be able to follow it on Twitter or something, or watching a live feed on TV. I definitely won’t miss it!

"It’s such a huge thing for the country as a whole. We were never before even close to qualifying for a big tournament – so to qualify for the Euros and the World Cup in such a short space of time is amazing."

Böðvarsson was on the scoresheet as the Royals beat Barnsley 3-0 on Tuesday night.

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Iceland appears to be experiencing its own 'Golden Generation' in its football team at the moment, with the country becoming the smallest to ever qualify for a Worlc Cup. Their population is only marginally larger than the that of Reading!

"Everybody in the country is ecstatic… it’s like a fever! People can’t get enough of it. Hopefully we can keep on building on it, and that’s a good sign. Everybody wants more and that’s sign of good character.

"It’s a special thing to play for the nation you’re from. And I think the smaller the country is, the prouder the people are!

"I think the achievements of the football team has driven other athletes and all sorts of people from Iceland to strive for bigger and better things."

The all-important draw for the group stages of the World Cup takes place at 3pm GMT on Friday December 1st in Moscow.

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