Brighton & Hove Albion midfielders Jake Forster-Caskey and Joao Teixeira will go toe-to-toe this Thursday, when England and Portugal under-21s meet in a friendly at Turf Moor.
The fixture is a dress rehearsal for next year’s Under-21 European Championships, where both countries have been drawn in Group B alongside Italy and Sweden.
Liverpool loanee Teixeira received a recall to the Portuguese squad last week, while Forster-Caskey is a regular in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions set-up.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw against Blackburn on Saturday, Forster-Caskey told seagulls.co.uk, “Obviously it’s only a friendly but we’ll take it seriously. I’m sure me and Joao will have banter before the game but it’ll be serious when we kick off.
“I think the England staff will have done their homework on them, and they’ll know how Portugal will play, but it gives us another insight into them.
“It will show us the quality we’re going to face, and going to have to beat, to win the Euros.”
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The international break will provide no rest for the English midfielder, with Southgate’s side also facing France away before Albion’s next match at Norwich City on November 22, but Forster-Caskey is unconcerned by the amount of football he is currently playing.
“It’s a great honour, and I’m really happy to be doing that; I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“With anyone going on international duty, you’ve got to be honoured and try to work as hard as you can.”