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Heimir Hallgrímsson and Lars Lagerbäck have selected the same squad of players for Iceland's upcoming Group A qualifiers against the Netherlands and Kazakhstan as they did for their 2-1 win against the Czech Republic in June.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say our position is good, but that can change very quickly," said Lagerbäck (pictured), whose side lie top of the section ahead of the Czechs, with Thursday's opponents the Dutch in third and Kazakhstan – whom they face three days later – bottom. "We've been winning games by keeping clean sheets. The mental side is important. We have to focus on our tactics, keep balance in the team and not blame anyone else for our failures."

Goalkeepers: Ögmundur Kristinsson (Hammarby), Hannes Halldórsson (NEC), Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson (Breidablik).

Defenders: Ari Skúlason (OB), Kristinn Jónsson (Breidablik), Sölvi Ottesen (Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnod­ar), Hallgrímur Jónasson (OB), Kári Árnason (Malmö), Birkir Sævarsson (Hamm­ar­by), Theódór Elmar Bjarnason (AGF).

Midfielders: Eidur Gudjohnsen (Shijiazhuang Ever Bright), Aron Gunnarsson (Car­diff City), Emil Hallfredsson (Verona), Birkir Bjarnason (Basel), Jóhann Gudmundsson (Charlt­on Athletic), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Sw­an­sea City), Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson (Sundsvall).

Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (Nantes), Alfred Finnbogason (Olympiacos), Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Vik­ing), Vidar Orn Kjartansson (Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty), Rúrik Gíslason (Nürnberg).

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28/08/201516:52Chris Burke

Lars Lagerbäck, Iceland coach


This was how we wanted to play. It's easy to coach these boys. We played against a really good side tonight. In the second half we played very well and they barely had a chance. We turned the tables after conceding the first goal. The boys did great and I'm very pleased to beat a strong and well organize Czech team.

I'd be lying if I said we aren't in a good position. If you had offered me 15 points from the first six games beforehand I would gladly have accepted that. We have improved with each game since me and Heimir [Hallgrímsson] took over. What we are happiest about is the goalscoring. You can win a game 1-0 with good defensive play but we have scored a lot in this group. Of course I hope the team can keep on improving.

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12/06/201523:50UEFA.com newsdesk

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