Gunnarsson: We aren’t afraid of England

Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson has made it clear that his side are not worried about the threat England pose ahead of their Euro 2016 round of 16 clash on Monday.

Iceland, who are making their debut at the tournament, qualified for the knockout stage after a memorable 2-1 win over Austria saw them finish second in Group F.

While England finished second in their group and are favourites heading into the match, Gunnarsson is excited about taking on one of the best teams in the world.

“We are here to play against the best teams,” he told reporters. “We are not afraid of anyone. We are keen to measure ourselves against the best.”

Gunnarsson also admitted that he has been impressed with England’s performances thus far, but believes that his side is capable of producing one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.

“We have been watching the tournament and I think England have been playing well. They have been playing decent football,” the 27-year-old said. “They didn’t score against Slovakia, but they worked hard. We have to do the same. [Monday] is a big game and we are only thinking about that. We have to go out there and fight for it.

“The Austria game was difficult, of course, it was extra sweet to get the win in the end and get the extra two days to recover.”