Scotland’s Futsal team are prepared for the 2019 Home Nations Championship taking place this weekend.

The Scots will take on England, Wales and Northern Ireland at St George’s Park as England host the tournament for the first time.

The tournament begins on Friday with Northern Ireland v Wales, before Scotland take on current holders England on Friday, who have their sights set on a third straight triumph in the annual competition.

Head Coach Scott Chaplain knows his side are in for a difficult start to the Home Nations, but hopes to see his players continue their progression as a squad.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it as always. It’s a great initiative and this year brings the competition full circle in the sense that all four nations will have hosted after this weekend.

“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be difficult at St George’s Park. We’re still early in our development, it’s not always a rapid, overnight growth. We’re still taking baby steps and learning every year, so this weekend offers us another great opportunity as a team.”

He added: “I think this year we can see signs of us broadening our squad. We have four boys coming up from England who qualify to play for us and they’ve come in and really added competition to the group, which is driving us forward. We also have players playing in the Champions League against top opposition.”

Looking ahead to the opening game, Chaplain said: “England have had a good year and they’re probably progressing at a quicker rate than the other nations at the moment. We competed well last year in Northern Ireland, albeit losing 3-1, but there were very positive signs and we hope for more tomorrow.

“Futsal hasn’t been embedded in the culture in Scotland but I think we are progressing. We have our own league in Scotland, we have young players who are looking to take an interest in the sport and generally I think the sport itself has huge potential. The fact the Home Nations is going to be broadcast on BBC is fantastic and hopefully opens it up to a wider audience yet again.”

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Scotland Futsal squad

Ben O’Hanlon (Fair City Santos)
Darren Clarkson (Dundee Futsal Club)

Kyle Ballingall (PYF Saltires)
James Gunn (Durham Palatinates Futsal Club)
Lewis McKay (Washington Futsal Club)
Bradley Steedman (PYF Saltires)

Martin Cassells (Fair City Santos)
Mark Duigan (Fair City Santos)
Ryan Robb (Fair City Santos)
Fraser Smith (Fair City Santos)
Scott Smith (PYF Saltires)
Josh Clark (Durham Palatinates Futsal Club)
Youseff Aloulou (Dundee Futsal Club)

Ahmed Aloulou (Dundee Futsal Club)
Connor McLaren (PYF Saltires)
Dayle Robertson (Fair City Santos)