What if England had the same naming tradition as Iceland?

England face Iceland in the final match of the second round at Euro 2016 this evening.

The Nordic country has won over a number of admirers this summer with their unbeaten efforts against Portugal, Hungary and Austria in finishing runners-up of Group F on five points.

It has been reported that nearly 10% of their 330,000 population are currently over in France supporting the national team.

One fascinating fact that has been doing the rounds this summer is that their surnames are made up from their father’s forename with ‘son’ or ‘sson’ added to the end – for example, Gylfi Sigurðsson means Gylfi is Sigurð’s son.

Former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eiður Guðjohnsen is a rare exception in the country and is the only player in Iceland’s 23-man Euro 2016 squad that does not end with ‘son’.

With this in mind, I have created the below graphic of England’s potential starting XI versus Iceland this evening, with their names as if the country had the same naming system as Iceland:


Unfortunately, with all my contacts and research I could not find Gary Cahill’s fathers name so have sneaked John Stones, or John Petersson into the starting lineup.

Wayne Rooney has become Wayne Thomasson!  Hope you enjoy the graphic – please share!  And fingers crossed England will do us proud this evening.