Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has revealed that the likes of Frank Lampard and David Beckham helped him become the player he is today.
Sigurdsson has just played a leading role in helping his national side Iceland into their fist ever major tournament. During his time in English football, the 26-year-old has made a reputation as a free-kick specialist and a scorer of spectacular goals.
In a recent interview with FIFA.com, Sigurdsson has revealed that he used to watch David Beckham and Frank Lampard closely, and that he learned a lot from the two Premier League legends when growing up in Iceland. He said;
“Growing up as I kid I used to watch the Premier League and used to see David Beckham taking those kinds of free-kicks, so from a young age I was probably quite lucky to have him on the TV every week. It was something I used to practice when I was in Iceland and just kept doing it after I left.
“My dad played in Iceland and I think went over to Sweden for a couple of years. He and my brother used to bring me out when I was little, and then of course just watching football [helped me develop my style].
“Beckham and Frank Lampard were the ones that I particularly liked watching, and with Lampard scoring so many goals from midfield it was hard not to look up to him.”
The former Spurs man played more minutes than any other Iceland player in their record-breaking qualification campaign. Sigurdsson will be joined in France by the likes of Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor, who both made their own history with Wales on Saturday.