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Gylfi lavishes praise on Iceland teammate Jón Daði

Former Royal has nice words to say about current Reading striker

18 June 2019

Having finished off the season representing his country, Jón Daði Böðvarsson played a key role for Iceland in their Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Turkey last week.


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That's according to Royals Academy graduate and talismanic playmaker for club and country, Gylfi Sigurðsson, who lined up alongside his countryman on the night.

In an interview with Icelandic media outlet MBL, the former Reading man detailed the impact of the striker - who had missed most of the second half of the season through injury.

"Jón Daði was a big man in this game. He hasn't played for a long time and it surprised me how well he played," Sigurðsson said.

"It's great to play with him and he keeps the ball up very well. He gets cards on the other players, free kicks, ins and always threatens behind the defenders.

"He creates an area and gives us the time to keep the ball."

Now at Everton, Gylfi joined the Royals at U15 level and has gone on to have a fantastic career as a Premier League footballer, making him one of our most famous and successful Academy graduates.

Iceland are currently keeping pace in a ferociously competitive qualifying group for Euro 2020, that contains World Cup winners, France.

Having overcome Turkey in their latest qualifying game, three teams are locked on nine points in the race to make it to the Euros next summer.

On the Turkey match, Gylfi continued: "This game went really well and the game plan went perfectly up. It was great to score two goals early in the game but also frustrating to get a goal out of the corner.

"We still did very well though they were more with the ball. Maybe they got someone in the end, but besides that, this was a very well-played game for us."

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