#4 15 of their 23 national players have never played in foreign leagues
Iceland has a total of approximately 21,500 registered football players. Out of those 21,500 players, 23 of them play for the national team and of those 23, 15 are homegrown talents who have never plied their trade in foreign leagues. This means that only about 35% of the Icelandic national team has played regular football outside the country.
When these numbers are pitted against the team's achievements over the last few years, they are mind-boggling. Gylfi Sigurdsson is perhaps the most notable Icelandic player as of now, as a player for Everton in the Barclays Premier League. The lack of big names in the squad has not deterred Iceland in the slightest, as it has gone on to surpass expectations at every turn possible.Published 10 Jun 2018, 21:33 IST