Jake Forster-Caskey is relishing the prospect of lining up alongside his Brighton & Hove Albion team-mates when England’s under-21s host Switzerland in a Euro 2017 qualifier at the Amex.
The 21-year-old is delighted that he, Christian Walton and Solly March have been named in Gareth Southgate’s 21-man squad for the game on Monday 16th November
He said, “Solly, Christian and me are involved so we’re all looking forward to it and working hard to keep ourselves in the squad.
“It’s nice when they’re there because you already have a bond with them playing at your club.
“They’re there because they’ve got talent. Solly has been playing a lot and has been proving what he can do and Christian has performed well in the games he’s been involved in.
"Hopefully I can play at the Amex because it will be a special one to remember, not only for myself, but for family and friends as well.”
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The midfielder enjoys a good working relationship with under-21 coach Gareth Southgate and stressed the importance of playing regular international football at a young age.
“All the boys enjoy working with Gareth and we really enjoy meeting up with the squad. He’s made it an exciting place to be and wants people to enjoy themselves; we all do that.
“Whenever you’re playing for your country, you know there are lots of people watching and you have to perform.
“It’s a slightly different pressure to playing for your club, but you’ve always got to perform whenever you put the shirt on.
“International football is very different to club football, but for us as young players, you are learning about different styles of play.”
Forster-Caskey feels it is crucial that players from the under-21s are given a chance to progress into the senior set-up and says that is the aim of everyone in the squad.
“It’s vital and it’s good for the boys that are in there at the moment, because we look up to the players that have stepped up.
“It makes you think that you can get there; that’s everybody’s aspiration and that’s what we want to do.
“We want to play for England’s first team and the only way to do that is to play well for the under-21s and your club.”
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