Iceland have develop into the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup after a 2-Zero win over Kosovo on Monday.
The northern European nation, who famously knocked England out of Euro 2016, has a inhabitants of simply over 335,000 folks.
Listed here are the 5 different smallest nations to have featured on the sport’s largest stage (Inhabitants figures from: worldometer.information, besides Northern Eire and Wales inhabitants info, which comes from the Workplace of Nationwide Statistics, 2016):
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (1.37 million)
The Soca Warriors made their sole finals look in 2006 in Germany, the place they featured in the identical group as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England. The workforce featured a variety of gamers acquainted to English audiences, together with former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke and ESPN FC’s personal Shaka Hislop.
NORTHERN IRELAND (1.85m)
Michael O’Neill’s males are on the right track to qualify for the primary time since 1986. In addition they featured in Spain in 1982, topping their group within the first spherical above the host nation, having made the quarterfinals on their debut on the 1958 finals in Sweden.
They’ve featured twice on the finals — in 2002 and 2010. They didn’t take some extent from three group video games of their maiden event in Japan & South Korea, however got here inside a whisker of the spherical of 16 in 2010, when a late defeat to England and a victory for the US over Algeria eradicated them within the closing spherical of group video games.
The Reggae Boyz had been shock qualifiers for France in 1998 and after being crushed by Croatia and Argentina of their first two group matches, went dwelling on a excessive with a 2-1 win over Japan.
Wales made their solely earlier finals look in 1958, once they had been crushed by eventual winners Brazil within the quarterfinals. Chris Coleman led his nation to the semifinals of Euro 2016, however they had been unable to safe a spot at a second consecutive main event.