Whatever your nationality, we’re sure that all Royals supporters will have a soft spot for Iceland at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, thanks to Jón Daði Böðvarsson’s involvement!
The Icelander wears the number 23 shirt for Reading – but the forward has been handed the number 22 jersey for the competition, which kicks off the tournament’s smallest nation this Saturday when they meet the might of Argentina!
All of the squads have been submitted – and so all of the shirt numbers have been assigned. A total of 736 players will be involved, representing 32 nations from five different football federations, and taking place in 11 Russian cities.
And there are some notable names amongst the number of players that Jón Daði will share the number 22 with in the upcoming festival of football. It’s a number that has been assigned to players of every type!
Here’s a list of all of the #22 shirts handed out for the World Cup – with a few players profiled in a bit more detail…
🇺🇾 Uruguay – Martín Cáceres
The 31-year-old defender will wear the 22 shirt for Uruguay – the same squad number that he wore in both the 2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament, as well as his squad number for current club Lazio. He has 76 caps to date for the South American nation.
🇷🇺 Russia – Artem Dzyuba
🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia – Mohammed Al-Owais
🇪🇬 Egypt – Amr Warda
🇪🇸 Spain – Isco
With 10 goals in his 28 caps to date, Isco boasts the best goals-to-games ratio in the Spanish squad for the upcoming tournament. The midfield conductor wears 22 for club side Real Madrid, and he’ll have the same number this summer.
🇲🇦 Morocco – Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti
🇮🇷 Iran – Amir Abedzadeh
🇵🇹 Portugal – Beto
🇫🇷 France – Benjamin Mendy
The defender – who joined Man City last summer for a reported £52million – has had an injury-riddled campaign but is available for the World Cup. Another player to wear 22 for both club and country.
🇦🇺 Australia – Jackson Irvine
🇵🇪 Peru – Nilson Loyola
🇩🇰 Denmark – Frederik Rønnow
🇦🇷 Argentina – Cristian Pavón
Not one of the household names in attack for Argentina, but a hotshot and one to watch nonetheless – Pavón is one of just four in his national team to play club football for his home nation, wearing the 7 shirt for Boca Juniors. 22 by age and squad number this summer; pictured above wearing 21, exchanging views with Sergio Ramos.
🇮🇸 Iceland – Jón Daði Böðvarsson
🇭🇷 Croatia – Josip Pivarić
🇳🇬 Nigeria – Kenneth Omeruo
🇧🇷 Brazil – Fagner
For the first time since 1966, the Brazilian number 22 shirt has been assigned to an outfield player – Dida, Júlio César and Leão are just some of the famous goalkeepers to have donned number for the Seleção. Late-blooming full-back Fagner, of Corinthians, gets the honour this time out.
🇨🇭 Switzerland – Fabian Schär
🇨🇷 Costa Rica – Rónald Matarrita
🇷🇸 Serbia – Adem Ljajić
🇩🇪 Germany – Marc-André ter Stegen
The German is the best known of the 10 goalkeepers at the tournament to be wearing the 22 shirt this summer. He wears the number 1 jersey for Barcelona, but compatriot Manuel Neuer has that honour for the national team.
🇲🇽 Mexico – Hirving Lozano
🇸🇪 Sweden – Isaac Kiese Thelin
🇰🇷 South Korea – Go Yo-han
🇬🇧 England – Trent Alexander-Arnold
The newcomer – who goes into to the tournament with just one cap – wears 22 for England this summer… a little lower than the 66 he wears for Liverpool! And he shares the squad number that our very own goalkeeper coach Dave Beasant was assigned for England during the Italia ’90 World Cup.
🇧🇪 Belgium – Nacer Chadli
🇵🇦 Panama – Álex Rodríguez
🇹🇳 Tunisia – Mouez Hassen
🇯🇵 Japan – Maya Yoshida
Remarkably, with 82 caps to his name, Southampton defender Yoshida has less international appearances than six of his countrymen – there are three centurions amongst the number. Despite wearing the number 3 for the Saints, he has worn 22 at many international tournaments – including the 2014 World Cup, 2011 and 2015 Asian Cups and 2013 Confederations Cup.
🇵🇱 Poland – Łukasz Fabiański
🇸🇳 Senegal – Moussa Wagué
🇨🇴 Colombia – José Fernando Cuadrado