Iceland told to target England captain Wayne Rooney in surprise Euro 2016 knockout tie

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson knows the Man United star well after years playing for Spurs and Swansea and feels he's the key to stopping the Three Lions.

Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson has told his Iceland team-mates: Shut down Wayne Rooney and we stop England.

Iceland have identified skipper Rooney as the key dangerman to their dream of causing one of the biggest shocks in international football by dumping the Three Lions out of Euro 2016 when they meet on Monday evening.

Sigurdsson has plenty of first-hand experience of Rooney’s influence on Manchester United in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old former Spurs midfielder knows Rooney makes Roy Hodgson’s stars tick too.

And that is why he is desperate to help keep Rooney quiet during Monday night's last-16 clash in Nice.

Sigurdsson said: “Rooney is one of the players we are going to have to stop if we are going to stop England from playing and win the game.

“You only have to look at the amount of goals he has scored for England. He is the country’s record goal-scorer – he is an incredible player. And he has been fantastic for his country and for Manchester United over the years.

"Wayne is a very good passer of the ball, he can play in other players from 60 or 70 yards with a quick pass over the top.

“He wouldn’t be where he is today if he wasn’t a great player. But there is always an incredible amount of pressure on him to perform for England because he is the leader of the team and one of the more experienced players in the squad.”

Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson has insisted the tournament minnows, who set up the match with a last-kick goal to beat Austria , will not be intimidated by England’s Premier League big boys.

He said: “We will not be overawed by England – even if we grew up watching English players, it was not these new guys.

"We don’t care, and will give it everything we have got.

“We hRagnar Sigurdsson has also revealed the crazy moment when Iceland knew they would face England after Arnor Traustason grabbed that winner on Wednesday.ave beaten a lot of good countries and people are not surprised any more, but it’s a great achievement to get into the last 16.”

He added: “We didn’t realise the significance of the late goal out there, us playing England instead of Portugal. But the moment the whistle went everyone from the bench ran on the pitch shouting, ‘We got England, we got England!’

“It is a dream come true.

"We have grown up watching the Premier League, and I have always wanted to play against England.”

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