Just the mention of an Icelandic player is enough to send shivers down the spine of England fans. To their relief however, it’s more likely to be French football fans witnessing Dijon goalkeeper Runar Runarsson in action.
The 5-cap Icelander finished the curtailed campaign between the sticks in Ligue 1 but faces serious competition from Senegalese shot stopper Alfred Gomis for the number one jersey… actually Rúnarsson wears the number one jersey but you know what I mean!
The 25-year-old was developed in the Icelandic capital at KR Reykjavik before going onto make 60 league outings for Denmark’s FC Nordsjaelland. Runarsson has plenty of youth caps and will hope to assume the Icelandic goalkeeping responsibilities from the experienced but ageing Hannes Halldorsson. He’ll likely need to be first choice at club level to earn that right though. Runarsson, who went to the 2018 World Cup, will aim to follow in the footsteps of his father who is Our Boys‘ (That’s their nickname!) most capped player with 104 international appearances… just 99 to go!
Runarsson mustard worked extremely hard to get this far in his career. Hopefully he can mustard the courage to become Dijon and Iceland’s number one goalkeeper!