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Jarrad Branthwaite was made the England captain for their U21 clash with Northern Ireland at Goodison Park on Tuesday night. He led the national team out for what was only his 5th cap at this level, with the Yong Lions producing a comfortable 3-0 win.

After just five minutes, captain Branthwaite nearly opened the scoring. Finding himself in the opposition penalty area from a well-worked England set piece, the young defender couldn’t quite direct his first-time effort on goal.

Branthwaite impressed with a classy and assured performance at the back to nullify any threats from the opposition in this Euro U21s Championship qualifier, with his defence not conceding a goal. 

“I think it helps when you’re a young player surrounded by experienced pros who have played 200+ games,” Branthwaite is quoted saying in the England programme before the game.

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“For any young player – no matter what position you play – having that experience around you gives you confidence to express yourself and show what you can do.

“The manager has shown his belief in me to put me in the team and hopefully, I’m repaying him by putting in strong performances for the club."


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Danny Baily
1 Posted 21/11/2023 at 19:54:26
Not exactly over the moon about a first team regular risking themselves in a pointless international run out, but good for him I suppose.
Mark Ryan
2 Posted 22/11/2023 at 12:44:04
A chink of light in an ever darkening sky. Be glad when all this off field crap is assigned to the history books. I hope this lad is our future and not someone we are forced to sell because we had a former chairman, Finance expert and owner who couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery
Barry Hesketh
3 Posted 22/11/2023 at 12:45:47
Mark @2
Unfortunately, given Everton's financial plight, there is a good chance that young Jarrad, will be wearing some other club's shirt in the not too distant future.
Stephen Vincent
4 Posted 22/11/2023 at 13:26:43
Danny #1, It was a European Qualifier so hardly pointless.

I went last night and by comparison to the rest of the team Branthwaite is a beast. Defensively he didn't have a lot to do but he was calmness personified and his distribution was first rate. He did miss a sitter in the first half. May as well enjoy him while we can.

Regret to say Harvey Elliott was MOTM though, two excellent goals and a none stop action display. Reminded me so much of Rooney, difference is the shite will keep him and not have to sell him on cut price.

Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 22/11/2023 at 13:49:21
From what I've seen of him to date at the matches I've attended, forget the U21s, this lad will be in the full England squad before too long.

I'm not getting carried away, he looks that good in terms of potential.

I hope he's fit for Sunday.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 22/11/2023 at 13:57:19
I never went to the game but curious about the attendance, was there many there?
John Raftery
7 Posted 22/11/2023 at 13:57:44
Stephen (4) I agree with your every word. Jarrad had probably one of the easiest games of his career last night though it puzzled me why he chose to get involved in the melee in the first half after the foul by the Northern Ireland defender. It seemed daft to be booked in such one-sided game.

It pains me to say it but Elliott reminded me of a young Alan Ball, here, there and every where.

John Raftery
8 Posted 22/11/2023 at 13:58:34
Dave, 7890 if I remember correctly.
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 22/11/2023 at 14:08:39
John (8) Thanks John, by the way it might pain you to praise Elliot @ (7)but you are only speaking, as you find, and I agree with you, he will get better as well, still very young.
John Pickles
10 Posted 22/11/2023 at 15:15:14
I can't find this on another thread, but it seems that Everton were one of the teams who voted against a temporary ban on Premier League clubs signing players on loan from associated teams.

If this is correct, I'm sure that, again, they are going against the wishes of the majority of their fans.

I wonder if 777 Partners, with their large portfolio of clubs, had leverage on their decision.

Ian Pilkington
11 Posted 22/11/2023 at 15:36:02
John @10

Correct, we are about to become part of multi club organisation and this can be the only possible reason for this appalling decision by our club.

The obnoxious Barcodes will be able to loan the pick of players from their allies in the wretched Saudi League.

Joe Hurst
17 Posted 22/11/2023 at 22:34:10
Oh, “cap’n Branflake”

Good to see him doing so well. He’ll become a steadfast lynchpin in the system!

Tom Bowers
18 Posted 22/11/2023 at 22:37:55
Good on the lad who must be a shoe in for the England squad if Southgate ever takes his head out of the sand.

Have to agree though he may indeed be with someone else if they don't survive this 10-point penalty which should have been in effect at the start of next season.

This decision came on the heals of some of Everton's best results especially in London.

Hopefully they can get all the points against Man Utd on Sunday to keep up the good work on the pitch.

Whilst Seamus has been a great servant and was a bargain, I am inclined to believe he may be past his best although what has been paraded in the right-back position so far hasn't impressed me.

Derek Knox
19 Posted 23/11/2023 at 04:46:45
Tom @ 18, agree on Jarrad being an almost automatic choice for England in the not-too-distant future. Also share your fear that other Clubs may come calling if we somehow don't get out of this (imposed) lowly position in the table.

However think you are being a bit unfair on Nathan Patterson, I watched both of Scotland's recent games and he was very good in both. Although the edge was slightly blunted in the knowledge that they had already qualified for Uefa 24.

Also watched Ukraine's games and Mykolenko is maturing as a left back/wing back so much so, that barring injury he is virtually un-droppable. Here's hoping the climb back up starts on Sunday.

Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 23/11/2023 at 07:51:45
Agree with that Derek.

Some light relief from what is keeping us all awake at night right now.

I've already commented on Branthwaite.

To your points on Patterson, I like him and he is still only 22. He can develop and will get better with experience.

I've liked Mykolenko since he joined. A solid defender but has also recently been showing a bit more going forward. Still only 24 as well, seems to have settled, so more to come.

Alongside Jarrad (21) and the experience of Tarkowski, when all fit, we're strong in defence, playing in front of a keeper who is arguably the best shot stopper in the league.

We also have the much forgotten Ben Godfrey. If he can rediscover his mojo and we can figure out his best position, he is an asset.

Now for that midfield. Let Gueye do his thing. Somehow get Onana to find consistency and not drift or lose concentration. It's not his ability that is in question.

We have McNeil (24). Great delivery and adds an attacking aspect to the team. Works incredibly hard.

Doucoure runs around like a headless chicken, but scores goals if we get him up the pitch.

James Garner looks really promising if we keep him central. Comfortable on the ball and always looking forward.

And a reinvigorated Calvert-Lewin with the beast that is Beto waiting to step in.

On the pitch it's not so bad as recent results have demonstrated.

A bit of early morning therapy.

Mike Hayes
21 Posted 23/11/2023 at 10:20:52
Danny - nice uplifting post given the evil events of the last week - let’s give those Manure players something to think about - the way the posts on here are going it’s hopefully going to be a toxic atmosphere for the opposition and the gobshites the Premier League 💙
Sam Hoare
22 Posted 23/11/2023 at 11:35:39
Stephen @4 I agree with all of that except the cut price bit.

Branthwaite is under a long contract with us and though I expect him to leave in the next 3 years or so it will be for a whopping fee.

I've said before that I expect Onana and Branthwaite to fetch us over £100m combined. But it may be even more than that.

Our two best assets. Both young players who were well scouted. It's tough to find Branthwaites (absolute gems costing pittance!) but there are lots of Onana's out there. Young talent, possibly from good value leagues, with excellent physical traits and strong work ethic/attitude.

Thelwell seems to have got us recruiting much more sensibly now. Lets hope the scouting proves fruitful and that the replacements for Onana and Branthwaite have as much talent.

Stephen Vincent
23 Posted 23/11/2023 at 11:46:21
Sam, the cut price comment referred to the shite not having to sell Harvey Elliott as we had to sell Rooney.

Agreed that Jarrad Branthwaite should go for a large fee. But realistically the cat is now out of the bag and buying clubs will negotiate hard in the belief that we have to sell.

Gerry Morrison
24 Posted 24/11/2023 at 00:53:46
I would rather sell neither, but I’d let Onana go before Branthwaite.
Pete Jeffries
25 Posted 24/11/2023 at 23:25:30
Talking about money, of course the higher you finish in the Premier League, the more you earn.

That's got to be still an incentive for all concerned to help get us out of this mess.

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