Rotherham United: Kari on trying to fulfil your Rio dream

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There is no disputing which nation Rotherham United manager Steve Evans will be rooting for when the World Cup play-offs begin in earnest next month.

The Millers chief hopes Iceland qualify for next summer’s competition in Brazil - because that would mean Rotherham star Kari Arnason will compete in football’s showpiece event.

Iceland, who have never reached the finals of a major tournament, finished second in Group E to secure a play-off spot. They will find out who their opponents will be next week. Arnason featured in their recent outings with Cyprus and Norway and is expected to be included in their squad for the two-legged play-off matches, which are set to take place on November 15 and 19.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Evans said: “Everyone is very proud of Kari here. It would be fantastic first and foremost for him and his family if Iceland qualified. I know what it means to him and he is a very patriotic man. He is very proud and so he should be.

“Kari shows a lot of pride for his country and we now want to see him go finish the job and get to Brazil.”

Arnason, who is set for a first-team recall at MK Dons tomorrow, is expected to miss Rotherham’s trips to Stevenage and Hartlepool next month due to international duty.