Jake Forster-Caskey was delighted to mark his full debut for England’s under-21 side with a goal in a 3-0 win against Qatar last night.
The 20-year-old starred for the Three Lions in their opening game of the Toulon Tournament in France, netting the second goal with a superb left-foot strike from the edge of the area.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s always an honour to play for your country and to score was a great bonus for me. I was playing just behind the striker, which gave me a bit more freedom than I’m used to, and I really enjoyed it.
“When the ball left my foot, I knew it was going in. It wasn’t quite as spectacular as the goal I scored at Doncaster last season, but it was a great feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net.
“Having come on as a sub against Wales last week [in a European U21 Championships qualifier], it was nice to start this time. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression as they say, and I was pleased the game went well, both personally and for the team.
“We’ve got a really good squad here, players who want to get the ball down and play, and as we play the same way at Brighton, I settled quickly into the game and really enjoyed the experience. It was a good win against a side that dug in, defended deep and proved hard to hard break down – again, I’ve had plenty of experience of coming up against teams like that when playing at the Amex. It was a game where we had to be patient.”