England Futsal squad named for double-header with Croatia at St. George's Park

Monday 17 Sep 2018
England Futsal will take on their Croatian counterparts at St. George's Park on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 September

England’s squad for next week's Futsal double-header with Croatia at St. George’s Park has been named.

Head coach Michael Skubala and his side will be in action at the national football centre on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 September, with both games being streamed live by BBC Sport.

England v Croatia
  • Futsal International
  • 4pm, Sunday 23 September
  • 7.45pm, Monday 24 September
  • St. George's Park
  • Tickets: £5/£3

Skubala has opted for an experienced squad for the games, with the most notable absentee being Max Kilman, who recently signed a three-year professional contract at Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. The footballing defender has been a pivotal player for the Futsal Lions, having spent most of his development in Futsal previously.

And Skubala is expecting a big test for the Three Lions, with Croatia sitting over 40 places above England in the world rankings.

“This will be a huge test for us, but it’s so important we test ourselves against world class opposition to improve and keep developing,” he said.

“We must learn from every step we take in order to make the gains we need.”

England captain Raoni Medina added: “After two decent performances last June against a strong Polish side, we are looking forward to playing another top nation in our sport; Croatia.

“Now, we have to transform performances into results, in order to boost us up for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in January."

The squad

Mark Croft - Guardia Perticara
Dylan Malpas - Birmingham Futsal Club
Jonny Sim - Helvecia Futsal Club
William Wallace - Toulouse Metropole FC Bruguieres
Stuart Cook - Helvecia Futsal Club
Raoni Medina - Helvecia Futsal Club
Richard Ward - Helvecia Futsal Club
James Webb - Reading Futsal Club
Will Rooke - Loughborough Futsal
Calvin Dickson - Helvecia Futsal Club
Russell Goldstein - Helvecia Futsal Club
Robbie Bettson - York City Futsal Club
Liam Palfreeman - Helvecia Futsal Club
Doug Reed - Sussex Futsal Club
Curtis Mason - Loughborough Futsal
Dean Withers - Birmingham Futsal Club

Watch live

Sunday 23 September
BBC Sport website and connected TV via the app

Monday 24 September
Red Button, BBC Sport website and connected TV via the app

By FA Staff