Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey is gearing up for England’s first match in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, when Gareth Southgate’s side face Portugal on Thursday.
The Three Lions are in Group B alongside Portugal, Italy and Sweden and Forster-Caskey says the squad are relishing the prospect of taking on Europe’s finest under-21 teams.
In an interview with talkSPORT, he said: “It’s a massive tournament and the whole of England and the whole of the world will be watching. We all know how big it is and we all want to win it so much.
“We’ve just got to take it game by game, but hopefully we’ll get off to a good start and that will bring confidence.
“We’ve played against some good teams in the friendlies leading up to this and managed to pick up some good results, so confidence is high.
“We beat Portugal 3-1 [in a friendly last November] and had a good performance that night, so hopefully we can repeat that and get off to a good start.”
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The 21-year-old says he is in peak condition going into the tournament and praised Southgate for his managerial style.
“There has been a training camp at St George’s Park and I’ve gone there to stay fit, so I’m not worried about that and I’m just looking forward to the first game.
“He’s [Southgate] a very relaxed person and it’s great for us players because when there is downtime we can do what we want in some ways, but when it’s time to work he does push us hard.
“That’s a perfect blend for a successful team.”