Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson is hopeful he can inspire Iceland to their first ever major football tournament.

The nation - ranked 54th in the world by FIFA - currently sit second in qualifying group E with just a point seperating them and third place Slovenia.

Lars Lagerback's side face Cyprus and Norway in their remaining two fixtures and will be looking to secure second place and the play-off spot that goes with it.

First place in the group is currently occupied by Switzerland, and while it is still mathematically possible for Sigurdsson and his team-mates to top the group, they would need the Swiss to lose each of their final two games. 

The former Reading midfielder knows it will be difficult to make the play-offs, especially given the tricky away fixture against Norway in what is a local derby according to Sigurdsson, but he is confident his team can get six points:

"I think the Cyprus game especially is a match at home, so we need to win that," Sigurdsson told tottenhamhotspur.com. "

"Then we go away to Norway, which will obviously be a difficult game for us.

"It's a local derby basically, so it will be a good game and hopefully we can get six points and get that second place, and be in the play-offs."

"I think we've got more than enough.  

"I think over the course of the group stage we've improved a lot."

And if Iceland do indeed manage to progress to the play-offs and potentially qualify for the summer tournament in Brazil, Sigurdsson admits it would be a dream come true:

"That would be unbelievable. For a nation that's so small it would be the first major tournament finals that we've got to, so it would be a dream come true."

Regardless of whether they qualify or not, Iceland have already overshadowed their previous attempt when they finished bottom of their pool trying to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

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