England emerged victorious from the Home Nations Tournament which formed the centrepiece of the UK 6 a side Championships which was held in Birmingham.
The new look England team – which saw Manager Mark Staines, coach Gary Thomas and Director of Football Paul Darke take charge for the first time in competitive fixtures – drew with Scotland and beat Wales 5-0 to come top of the round robin group.
The event drew crowds of spectators who were watching and participating in the UK 6 a side championships.
England’s new skipper Ben Long, who took over earlier this year following a restructure of the team following last year’s European 6 a side Championships, introduced his charges to a host of dignitaries, including the new mayor of Solihull, Kate Wild, Birmingham councillor Karen Hamilton and UKMA President Tim Ollerenshaw before the match.
The Kings Norton Youth Marching Band accompanied the teams to the pitch before the games took place.
Although the matches were highly competitive, as would be expected, they were arguably more important for training purposes, all three of the sides will be competing in this year’s miniEURO event to be held in Israel in November.
The UK Minifootball Association has already confirmed that the Home Nations games will return next year as part of the UK 6 a side Championships festival.