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Patrik Gunnarsson named in Iceland squad for trio of World Cup Qualifiers

Young goalkeeper latest to receive call-up by nation

28 August 2021

Patrik Gunnarsson will be part of the Iceland Senior Squad for their three upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on home soil.

The 20-year-old returns to the full squad for the first time since August 2020 after impressing on loan in the Danish second tier last term. In two spells, first with Viborg FF and then Silkeborg IF, Patrik kept 14 clean sheets in 26 games, finishing the season with promotion medals from both clubs.

Iceland currently sit fifth in Group J with three points from their opening three matches. They trail shock Group J leaders Armenia by six points but are just three points off second spot. The side currently in second are North Macedonia who Iceland welcome to Laugardalsvöllur on Sunday 5 September, kick-off 5pm. Before that there’s a visit from Romania to Reykjavic next Thursday, 2 September, kick-off 7.45pm, with Germany completing the home treble on Wednesday 8 September, kick-off 7.45pm.

Patrik is yet to make his senior debut but is Iceland’s number one at Under-21 level, winning 12 caps at that age group. He was between the sticks all through qualifying for the Under-21 European Championships and featured twice at the finals during the summer.

Patrik joined Brentford B in the summer of 2018, aged 17. His performances for the B Team during his maiden season, which included a Middlesex Senior Cup title, earned him a place on the substitute’s bench for seven First Team games. He was called upon to make his Brentford debut in a Sky Bet Championship win at Middlesbrough in March 2019. He replaced Daniel Bentley for the final 16 minutes, plus eight minutes of stoppage time, as The Bees picked up a 2-1 win.

He signed a new long-term deal in West London in June 2019 and was officially promoted to the First Team squad three months later. An international at every level between Under-16 and Under-21, Patrik was named on the bench for our season opening win over Arsenal and Tuesday’s Carabao Cup victory at home to Forest Green Rovers.


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