HOME town support will be in plentiful supply for Caroline Weir during the World Cup – and there’s art work to prove it.

A mural of the Dunfermline-born star has appeared next to the Royal Bengal restaurant, on Pittencrieff Street, ahead of Sunday’s big kick-off against England in Nice.

It will be the first time that Scotland’s women have played at the globe’s biggest competition and, of the eye-catching painting, which is close to her former school, Pittencrieff Primary, Caroline said: “Wow. Never thought I’d see anything like this in my hometown!”

A mural of her team-mate, Claire Emslie, has also appeared in her home city of Edinburgh, as has one of captain Rachel Corsie in Aberdeen, as the country unites behind Shelley Kerr’s squad ahead of a first appearance at a World Cup by a Scotland side since 1998.

The design has been created by an artist commissioned by Twitter and FIFA to promote women in football and the World Cup, and was painted by the Graffiti Kings group.

Other images have also been created across both Scotland and England in home towns of other players going to France for the tournament, which kicks-off tomorrow.

Caroline acknowledged that the groundswell of support was “huge” for the squad, and said that she would feel pride at taking her home town to football’s biggest stage.

“We wouldn’t be here without the support,” she commented.

“I always enjoy coming back to Dunfermline because you always see so many friendly faces and they’re always so supportive.

“I can’t thank everyone enough really and, hopefully, everyone in Dunfermline will be watching the games.

“It’s great and I’m proud to represent Dunfermline in some way.”

Having started her football journey with Elgin Star, the 23-year-old has gone on to play with elite clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and current side Manchester City, but realised a dream when she played – and scored – at Hampden Park last week against Jamaica.

The friendly attracted a record 18,555 for a women’s national team game, and Caroline added: “It was my first time playing at Hampden. I’ve obviously been a few times before to watch Dunfermline in Scottish Cup finals, although I’m still not over that!

“It was obviously a dream; I think for any Scot who’s into football, you dream of playing at Hampden, and it was a great game. To score a goal as well was nice!

“It was a very proud moment for me and for the whole squad, to think we were there in front of a record crowd. To have your family there as well, it’s an exciting moment, and one that we’ve worked really hard to get to.

“It’s one I won’t forget at all.”