Jake Forster-Caskey ready for Amex Stadium homecoming

Saturday 14 Nov 2015
Jake Forster-Caskey made a substitute appearance in Sarajevo on Thursday

Jake Forster-Caskey has been back on familiar territory this week as England Under-21s prepare to face Switzerland on Monday.

The Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder is part of the Three Lions squad who are in East Sussex for the game at the Seagulls’ home in the Amex Stadium and using the club's training facilities.

And the 21-year-old admits he’s already had to sort out more than a couple of tickets for friends and family ahead of the game, which could see England go top of their Euro Qualifying group with a victory.

England v Switzerland

UEFA European U21 Championship
Qualifying Group 9
5.45pm, Monday 16 November 2015
Amex Stadium, Brighton
Live on BT Sport
Tickets: 0844 327 1901

"I’ve had quite a few requests for tickets, so  I’ll have a few there," revealed Forster-Caskey.

"Even some of the players here [at Brighton] have asked me for tickets too, which is strange because I thought they’d just be allowed in the stadium!

"It’ll be a moment to remember and hopefully I can do that [play] at the Amex because it would be a special one, not only for myself but for family and friends."

The Essex-born playmaker is not the only local face in Gareth Southgate’s squad, with fellow Albion players Solly March and Christian Walton also hoping to be involved on Monday.

With Albion having made a flying start to their campaign in the Championship this season, it’s been an enjoyable few months for the trio which has been supplemented by their international games.

"There’s a few of us involved from Brighton so we’re looking forward to it and we’ve had to work hard to keep ourselves in the squad," explained Forster-Caskey, who has also spent time out on loan with MK Dons this season.

England Under-21s midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey in action against USA.

Forster-Caskey in action against USA in the first game of the new campaign

"We all really enjoy going, he’s [Southgate] made it an exciting place to come and he wants us to go there and enjoy ourselves and we all do that.

"It’s important to be playing for your club as well, but international football is different from that and as young players, it’s good because you learn different things and styles of football."

Should Forster-Caskey manage to add to his 13 caps for the U21s on Monday, it will also be a chance to put a marker down in the mind of Albion boss Chris Hughton.

First-team opportunities have been few and far between for him, hence the temporary switch to MK Dons last month, so he’s keen to take any opportunity to put himself on centre stage.

"It’s been slightly frustrating this season, but Brighton have been doing really well so I have no complaints about that," he admits.

"So I’ve had to go out on loan to get some games but I’ve enjoyed my time with England and on loan.

"Whenever you play, you try to impress the manager here but I’m here every day with him so I’m trying to do that all the time.

"But whenever you play for your country there’s a lot of people watching and you know you have to perform, it’s a slightly different pressure to when you’re playing with your club."

You can see if the Three Lions can perform at the Amex Stadium on Monday night with tickets on sale for just £10 and £5 by calling 0844 327 1901.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels in Brighton