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Eidur Gudjohnsen earns Iceland recall

20 March 2015

Veteran forward named in squad for Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan

Eidur Gudjohnsen has been recalled by Iceland for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan on Saturday 28 March.

The veteran forward, who is Iceland’s record goalscorer, was last capped by his country in November 2013 when they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after losing to Croatia in the play-offs.

But his impressive form for Wanderers since returning to the club last December has seen him named in Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson’s latest squad, looking to add to his total of 78 caps and 24 goals.

Gudjohnsen famously made his senior international debut in April 1996, coming on as a substitute in place of his father Arnor during a friendly against Estonia. However, injury prevented the pair from ever sharing the field together.  

Iceland currently sit second in Group A, three points behind leaders Czech Republic but three ahead of third-placed Netherlands. Turkey and Lativa complete the group alongside last-placed Kazakhstan.

With qualification for next summer’s finals in France nearing the half-way stage, Gudjohnsen will be hopeful of helping Iceland build on their strong start and qualify for their first major tournament.

The top two teams qualify automatically, while third spot is at least guaranteed a place in the play-offs.

Gudjohnsen will depart for international duty following Bolton’s weekend game against Wigan.

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