Iceland's Euro 2016 knockout clash vs. England a 'dream' - Arnason

Iceland midfielder Kari Arnason says meeting England in the knockout round of Euro 2016 is a "dream come true."

Having looked as if England -- who finished as runners-up of Group B behind Wales -- would meet with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, Iceland eventually snatched a last-gasp winner against Austria on Wednesday to set up a meeting with the Three Lions.

Former Plymouth Argyle, Aberdeen and Rotherham United player Arnason -- man of the match in the 2-1 win over Austria -- said he had previously pulled for the England side at major competitions.

"I've always supported England in big international tournaments, it's a dream come true," he said about Monday's game.

"We're going to go into the game fully focused, we're going in to get a result. We believe in our ability."

Arnason, now plying his trade in Sweden with Hodgson's former club side Malmo, was full of emotion after the final whistle.

Tournament debutants Iceland are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition at 34th in the world, and they are the smallest nation ever to reach the finals with a population of just 330,00. It is estimated that around eight percent of Iceland's population have made the journey to France to watch their country play.

"What we've done is fantastic and it's extra fun to do this beside my best friends," the 33-year-old Arnason said.

"We're a really tight knit group... and of course all the supporters as well.

"Like I said before it's like having your family at the game. I know probably 50 per cent of the crowd, or at least recognise them.

"This is extra sweet for us."

Facing the assembled media at a postmatch news conference, Iceland's joint manager Heimir Hallgrimsson immediately found his attention turned towards England.

"Icelanders know everything about English football. We're English football crazy," he said.

"I think everyone knows Iceland has to have the perfect game.

"Even if Iceland has its best performance ever we can still lose to nations and teams like England, that's just a fact. We just have to play our best."

Iceland will meet England in Nice on Monday to decide which team reaches the quarterfinals where a tougher challenge may well lay in wait, in all likelihood against France who play their deciding match against Ireland on Sunday.