Rotherham United: Kari Arnason, the Millers’ Iceland travelling man

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Rotherham United centre-half Kari Arnason says a change is as good as a rest during the international break,

His teammates have no game until they face Leeds United in the Championship a week on Friday, but Arnason is scheduled to play two matches before then for Iceland in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

And the in-form defender more than happy to keep the competitive action coming.

“There’s no break for me really. I love playing for Iceland,” he said.

“It’s good to have a change and not always be doing the same thing.

“It’s good for me personally sometimes to get away and concentrate on something else.

“Because Iceland play differently to the way we do here and it keeps you on your toes.”

Arnason has been the stand-out player for the Millers during their encouraging start to life in the second tier after winning promotion last season.

And boss Steve Evans will gradually reintroduce him to the fold after he has faced Holland in Iceland in Group A on Monday night to make sure he is fresh for the Yorkshire derby.

“All the travelling is all right because the Gaffer eases me back in to things,” he said.

“I normally get back on Wednesday, have a light jog on Thursday and then train Friday.

“Obviously when the boys have been off and you’ve played 180 minutes it sometimes stays in your legs, but I’m used to playing Saturday-Tuesday most weeks, so it’s fine.”

With Iceland playing the Netherlands on a Monday night rather than the standard Tuesday, he is likely to be back with the club a day earlier than usual.

First up is Iceland’s trip to Latvia on Friday.

Meanwhile, Rotherham’s clash with Leeds at New York Stadium is heading for a sell-out. Less than 300 home tickets remain for the match which is live on Sky TV.