Forster-Caskey happy with England Under-21s' style of play

Sunday 16 Nov 2014
Forster-Caskey was in good form against Portugal at Turf Moor
England Under-21s midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey believes the style of play employed by Gareth Southgate works perfectly into his hands.

The Brighton & Hove Albion schemer has become a regular under Southgate, playing a key part in last month’s Euro play-off win over Croatia before impressing in Thursday’s 3-1 victory against Portugal.

And after previously featuring for England at U17 and U18 level in 2011 before his return to the international scene earlier this year, he’s now glad to be back in mix.

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"It’s changed a little bit with England now, we play a lot more football and the possession is a lot higher and we’re keeping the ball a lot more," he told

"So, for me, that’s better because we do that at my club quite a lot and it’s easier to fit in when the style is similar.

"It’s been nice to be back around the lads, there’s a really good feel around the camp and I think that showed the other night.

"We played some really good stuff at times and came away with a really good victory."

Following the win against Portugal at Turf Moor, the Three Lions have been back at St. George’s Park preparing for their next game on Monday.

The squad will travel to Brittany in northern France on Sunday morning, ahead of Monday night’s encounter with Les Bleus in Brest.

And it’s a match in which the 20-year-old is keen to be involved as England continue to test themselves against some of Europe’s best teams.

"I saw them [France] play out in Toulon and they look like a strong team," revealed Forster-Caskey.

Jake Forster-Caskey enjoys a midfield tussle against Qatar.

Forster-Caskey in action against Qatar in the Toulon Tournament in May

"They’re quite physical and they’ll be good on the ball as well so it’s going to be quite a tough test.

"But there’s a good spirit and everyone’s training very well so I think it will be a good game.

"The gaffer keeps saying that we will be playing teams who are a really high standard and obviously the boys want to play against the best players.

"We showed that we can beat them [on Thursday] and it’s good for us going into the summer."

There are now just three games left to play for the Under-21s before Southgate has to pick his final 23 players for the Finals in Czech Republic.

After Thursday’s match heralded an 11th successive win for the group, Forster-Caskey admits he’s glad to be in possession of a shirt having started the last four games.

"Everybody has one eye on that [squad selection] now," he added. 

"But you’ve got to do well for your club first and hopefully country takes care of itself after that.

"When you’re here and you’ve got the shirt, you’ve got to play well and then hopefully you can keep it because there are a lot of good players and top competition for places."

Watch the full video interview with Jake in the media player below.

England Under-21s midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey speaks to FATV


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