Iceland won't be on FIFA 17 after talks with EA Sports break down

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Iceland became the darlings of world football this summer after their heroic run to the quarter-finals of the European Championships in France.

With a population of just 323,000, they were by far the smallest nation ever to qualify for the tournament but they rose above anyone's expectation by beating England 2-1 in the first knockout round.

Despite a 5-2 humbling by the hosts in the next game, the 23-man team returned to their home nation as heroes, and deservedly so. They rose up the FIFA rankings, coming in at an all-time high of 27th but that, it seems, is still not enough to earn them a place in the official game.

With FIFA 17 just around the corner, many fans would have been hoping to get the chance to repeat the feats of Iceland in the virtual world, but they won't be able to do that because they won't feature in the game.

Why? After all, the country's football association, KSI, was more than happy to hand over their image rights to the gaming giants this summer and were simply expecting to be fairly compensated for doing so.

Low-ball offer

But EA Sports came in with an offer of just 15,000 US dollars (£11,501), which president Geir Thorsteinsson duly knocked back. They expected an improved bid but it never arrived. Now, with the game just days away from being released, Iceland's inclusion will have to wait at least another year.

"They are the ones buying these rights and they almost want it for free," said Thorsteinsson.

"The performance at the Euros show that we are quite a good team and many would like to play with our team. It's sad for the players - but the criticism should be towards EA Sports."

EA Sports pay each individual football association for the rights to use trademarks and image rights but the offer extended to Iceland has been deemed unfair.

"I really feel if we are giving away rights, or offering rights, it has to be proper negotiations and fair fees." added Thorsteinsson.

"I didn't feel that this was done in a fair and open manner."

The teams you can be

EA Sports have included over 650 teams in their new game including a bigger selection of women's teams. In total, 47 national sides have been included with India, who are 148th in the world, the lowest ranked team in the game.

You can check out every playable team by clicking here!

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