Ice-cool Kari aims for Rio hot-spots

Kari Arnason is available for selection again this weekend.
Kari Arnason is available for selection again this weekend.
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It has been a very good week for Rotherham United utility player Kari Arnason.

There is a distinct possibility the centre-back, who can also operate in central midfield, will be competing in next summer’s World Cup finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Arnason has played his part in helping Iceland, who have never reached the finals of a major tournament, finish second in Group E behind Switzerland, meaning they will be one of eight European countries contesting the play-offs next month. Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine and France are also in the play-off mix.

Arnason featured in Iceland’s victory over Cyprus last Friday and their draw at Norway on Tuesday, a result which confirmed their play-off berth. The draw for the seeded play-offs takes place next Monday in Zurich.

Two-legged seeded play-offs are set to take place on November 15 and 19, meaning Arnason may miss the Millers trip to Stevenage on Saturday, November 16.

Because he has been away on international duty, Arnason, nicknamed by some ‘The Prince’ for his stately demeanour, has missed the Millers’ last two clashes, with York City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Swindon Town.

After shipping in four goals in their own backyard last weekend, Rotherham boss Steve Evans is likely to reinstate Arnason to his back four at the expense of Pablo Mills as his sixth-placed team bid to maintain their unbeaten away record when they travel to MK Dons this Saturday.