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Gylfi Sigurdsson: 'The future is bright for Iceland'

Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is proud with his team's progress to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, adding that the future is bright for the nation.

Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has expressed his pride at reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, adding that the future is bright for the nation.

Lars Lagerback's side held Portugal and Hungary to a draw before beating Austria and England en route to the last eight, but ultimately fell to a 5-2 defeat against hosts France.

The Swansea City lynchpin told BBC Sport: "We're very proud. It's been a fantastic tournament, something special for a small team like us, we probably achieved something no one expected us to.

"It gives the kids back home hope that something like this is possible, and hopefully we'll be back in another finals.

"Ten or 15 players are a really good age, and we're already looking forward to the World Cup starting. Hopefully the future will be bright for Iceland."

The Nordic nation's road to the 2018 World Cup begins with an away fixture in Ukraine on September 5.


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Iceland team head coach Lars Lagerback speaks during a press conference ahead of the Kirin Challenge Cup international friendly match against Japan at Nagai Stadium on February 23, 2012
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