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18th Jun 2018

Iceland squad make heartwarming gesture in support of Nigeria player battling leukemia

The pair played together at Wolves for one season

Reuben Pinder

Bodvarsson and Ikeme played together at Wolves

Iceland forward Jón Daði Böðvarsson made a heartwarming gesture in homage to his former teammate Carl Ikeme, who missed out on the World Cup with Nigeria this summer due to his ongoing battle with acute leukaemia.

Böðvarsson tweeted a picture of himself with his national teammates holding up an Iceland shirt with Ikeme’s name on the back, saying “all of us are with you”.

Ikeme played with Böðvarsson at Wolves during the 2016/17 season and the pair are still great friends.

Iceland and Nigeria will face up against each other on Friday 22nd June, although neither side are tipped to get out of a group that also features Argentina and Croatia.

Iceland have charmed neutrals with their unorthodox football and passionate support, first at the Euros in 2016 and now during this World Cup. They held Argentina to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon, with their goal coming from Alfred Finnbogason.