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Iceland boss expects 'everybody' to support them at World Cup in Russia

Iceland boss expects 'everybody' to support them at World Cup in Russia
From ESPN - March 22, 2018

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Iceland will very much be the away team when it faces Mexico on Friday in front of over 60,000 fans in Levi's Stadium, but the coach of the smallest ever nation to make a World Cup is not expecting the same at Russia 2018.

Asked if the atmosphere going into a stadium full of Mexico fans would be representative of what Iceland may face in Russia, Heimir Hallgrimsson was not convinced.

"Not particularly, I think everybody will support Iceland in Russia," said Hallgrimsson in a news conference on the eve of the game against El Tri. "Everybody will be on our side."

Hallgrimsson was probably only half-joking, with the rise of Iceland, which has a population of 350,000, the favorite of many neutrals. However, the coach stressed that the improvement in Icelandic football has not happened overnight.

"These guys have been playing consistently well now for six years," said Hallgrimsson. "They are improving all the time and now we have a bigger player pool. It's not only 11 players, it's a really, really good squad."

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