NOTTINGHAM, England - When 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying kicks off this September, it will have been three-and-a-half-years since Montserrat last saw the pitch.
But opponents would be advised to not take Montserrat for granted. In fact, it is a team brimming with belief.
"The talent we have within the Montserrat national team is very impressive, we haven't played since the last World Cup qualifiers but we were very unlucky to have not gone on further after losing out to Curacao," said Montserrat FW Massiah McDonald in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com.
"We are hoping that as a team we can make the country proud and put Montserrat on the map. I think a lot of people are going to be quite surprised this year and I think we are going to be a strong force. We are no longer the small Montserrat team, we are going to shock a lot of teams this year! People need to keep an eye out for us!" added McDonald.
Montserrat kick off the CNL in September against El Salvador, which will mark the third cap for McDonald. For the 27-year-old, it is special to wear the Montserrat shirt.
"To be chosen to represent your country is an absolute honor. Every footballer's dream is to play at international level so to have accomplished this I'm extremely proud. Every time I put on a Montserrat shirt I aim to give nothing less than 100 percent," said McDonald.
In addition to El Salvador, Montserrat will face Belize, Aruba and the Cayman Islands. The Coalville Town FC man says he expects four tough contests.
"Most people will be expecting El Salvador to walk the group, but it all depends what happens on the day. We aren't in this league just to make the numbers; we are here to win and by any means necessary. No game will be easy and we won't be approaching the El Salvador game any different to how we approach the Cayman Islands," said McDonald.
McDonald's hopes for Montserrat don't just end with the CNL. With more friendlies and training camps, McDonald believes Montserrat is a team that can begin to flourish within CONCACAF.
"I think even if we haven't progressed further in any future competitions, we should still be able to arrange friendlies and training camps to keep the squad that we have together playing and training as regular as possible. It would be fantastic as well for the younger generation of Montserrat if they had something to work towards," concluded McDonald.