Brentford goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson has been named in the Iceland squad for two upcoming matches. The 19-year-old has kept his place in the group after being selected for two friendly internationals at the start of 2020 that fell outside usual international windows. He was on the substitute’s bench for Iceland against Canada and El Salvador and will be pushing to earn a first cap next month.
Iceland will start their 2020/21 UEFA Nations League campaign next Saturday, 5 September, when they play England. They then face Belgium next Tuesday, 8 September, and Patrik is part of the group for those matches. Iceland are in Group A2 and will face Denmark as well as Belgium and England. They are also preparing for a qualification Play-Off competition to earn a place in the 2020 European Championships, which will be played across Europe next summer. They face Romania in the first stage of that Play-Off in October.
Patrik has been first choice for Iceland Under-21 over the past season. He made his debut at that level during the 2018/19 season and has now won seven caps at that level. Patrik has helped Iceland to three wins in five qualification games for the UEFA European Under-21 Championships, which take place in Hungary and Slovenia next summer.
Patrik has been part of the national set-up for the past few years and represented his country at Under-17 level when he was just 15. He was called up to train with the full national squad last summer and has now received a first call-up at the top level for the games, which fall outside the usual FIFA international calendar. Patrik has played 21 games for Iceland at all levels and will hope to add to that this week.