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Jarrad Branthwaite has been called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming games against Brazil and Belgium, alongside Everton teammate and England regular, Jordan Pickford.

It's the latest step in the defender's accelerating rise to prominence and reward for his superb first full season in Everton's colours following a successful season-long loan in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven.

Branthwaite has become an automatic first choice in the heart of Sean Dyche's defence and his impressive consistency given his comparatively tender years has attracted plenty of transfer speculation and what many felt was an inevitable summons to the England setup.

The 21-year-old will get an opportunity to press his claims for a place in Southgate's squad that travels to Germany this summer for the European Championship finals.

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He will be joined by former team-mate, Anthony Gordon, who has also received his first call-up. 


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 14/03/2024 at 14:42:26
Made up for the lad. But personally I would prefer none of our players ever got picked for internationals.
Andy Crooks
2 Posted 14/03/2024 at 14:47:35
I agree to some extent, Paul. I can recall when an international cap really meant something. I think they became devalued when, starting with Sven, mass substitutes were commonplace.

Nowadays, it is a chance for tapping up and sowing discontent. Having said that, well done to him. It will be the first of many.

Mark Ryan
3 Posted 14/03/2024 at 15:09:57
The future Captain of England and probably Man City. I'd love him to stay and buck the trend of players leaving but I know that's just wishful thinking. I still haven't forgiven Rooney and never will.

It would be great to have him stay until he's 40 and captain the side in the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock when we're in the Champions League.

Christy Ring
4 Posted 14/03/2024 at 15:11:03
Delighted for Jarrad, richly deserved, it'll put extra zeros on his price tag, not that I want him sold. < I thought Tarkowski deserved a call-up ahead of Gomez and Maguire.

Isn't it funny Phillips dropped from the panel, now that he's playing first-team football instead of sitting on Man City's bench.

Paul Hewitt
5 Posted 14/03/2024 at 15:24:57
Christy. Have you seen Phillips's performance's for West Ham? He looked better on Man City's bench.
Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 14/03/2024 at 15:32:26
Congratulations… but utterly, oh dear.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 14/03/2024 at 15:43:30
Great recognition for the lad. Still only 21!! I bet he's over the moon.

And an indirect recognition of our general defensive solidity.

Paul Ferry
8 Posted 14/03/2024 at 15:48:57
Congratulations, richly deserved, ho hum. Nice natters over steak and chips and egg with Fodders, Saks, Bellers, Ricey, Stonsey: sayonara, adios, arrivederci, verabschiedung, au revoir, see ya.
John Keating
9 Posted 14/03/2024 at 16:05:37
Fully agree with Paul at #1.

I'm really happy for the lad but, being completely selfish, I'd rather right now nobody in our squad got any national team callup.

Had we been in a better league position or had a bigger squad all fighting for position, then all well and good. However, right now, not for me.

Allen Rodgers
10 Posted 14/03/2024 at 16:11:51
Well deserved, he's a class act. Will be gone at the end of the season but a big fee will be some consolation. Hope he goes abroad rather than Salford.
Paul Ferry
11 Posted 14/03/2024 at 16:15:10
He's not that young Brent, 21.

I got called up for the old U23s at 17.

Tom Bowers
12 Posted 14/03/2024 at 16:15:34
Jarred deserves the call-up but I would have preferred later rather than now as we need all of his concentration on Everton's cause until the end of the season.

However, much like the Oscars, Grammys and Birthday honors list, the England selection has little merit anymore when brown nosers like Henderson still get selected.

Not sure if Gordon is really England material despite one or two good showings for the Barcodes.

Jeff Spiers
13 Posted 14/03/2024 at 16:53:15
Paul, who did you play for?
Brent Stephens
14 Posted 14/03/2024 at 16:55:43
Paul, yes but you don't keep telling us about it.
James Hughes
15 Posted 14/03/2024 at 16:56:05
Paul, that is almost true. You got called up for Holly Lodge netball team. You got away with it for a while as well. :)
Christopher Timmins
16 Posted 14/03/2024 at 17:08:54
A class act and, thanks to our former chair and current owner, an act that we may not witness much longer at Goodison Park.

Best of luck to the boy. I see Gordon was also called up.

Good times!

Michael Bennet
17 Posted 14/03/2024 at 18:01:29
He is standing on the deck of the Titanic and just spotted a luxury liner coming over.

If he was my lad, I would pack his bags for him... no danger!

Paul Ferry
18 Posted 14/03/2024 at 18:09:39
Thanks James.

Sorry Jeff, I was joking with Brent.

Joe McMahon
19 Posted 14/03/2024 at 18:17:17
He's quality and pleased for him. But I'm concerned if he gets injured we are fucked (excuse my French).
Bill Hawker
20 Posted 14/03/2024 at 18:18:08
I hope he plays absolute crap and it scares off the vultures, or...

He plays an absolute blinder and we get over £100M for him.

Peter Mills
21 Posted 14/03/2024 at 18:31:32
Congratulations to Jarrad. He has taken every opportunity presented to him at home and abroad, and played with excellence and maturity.
Michael Fox
22 Posted 14/03/2024 at 18:42:05
I'm not sure I want Jarrad taking any tips from slabhead.
Colin Glassar
23 Posted 14/03/2024 at 18:46:07
Paul 11, played for the Rovers U-23 team. That’s the Rovers Return team btw.
Paul Ferry
24 Posted 14/03/2024 at 19:10:43
SAF Sharples and Ferry
Anthony Dove
25 Posted 14/03/2024 at 19:21:30
It would have been absurd if he hadn't been picked but nevertheless, a pat on the back for Southgate. It's great to see your own players picked for England.

Pleased for Gordon too.

Stu Darlington
26 Posted 14/03/2024 at 19:27:58
That's nothing guys. I played hooker for Warrington Road U11s Rugby League in Widnes when I was 8. I got battered!!
Danny O’Neill
27 Posted 14/03/2024 at 19:28:55
I'm pleased for him. Genuinely, even though I don't do the England thing or internationals for that matter other than a passing interest in football when Everton are not playing.

I had my fears we wouldn't hold onto him having watched him closely. Unless he is committed to Everton, this could see him go in the summer, so enjoy him while we can.

He plays with composure and defensive ability beyond his 21 years.

I don't want to see him go, but if he does, we stand to make a huge profit on the £1M we paid for him.

Mark Murphy
28 Posted 14/03/2024 at 19:41:31
Aye, Danny, we'll make loads but, footballing wise, we'll be all the poorer for it.

We're in a downward spiral and have been since we let Rooney go.

Danny O’Neill
29 Posted 14/03/2024 at 19:54:45
Totally Mark. Unless we have the next Branthwaite lined up, it will be a huge loss.

The blind hope in me hopes he'll stay for a while. I love watching him play.

Oliver Molloy
30 Posted 14/03/2024 at 19:58:34
Deserved call-up, and surely adds a few more millions (even if he doesn't play) to his inevitable departure next window or two.

Great that Man City also appear to be interested – looks like Branthwaite will have his choice of clubs.

Mark Murphy
31 Posted 14/03/2024 at 20:25:02
It's soul-destroying, Danny. We can't afford top players so we make do with others' cast-offs and “not quite top half” players.

Everyone is aghast that Dyche says we have no one in the youth set-up to come through but, when we did, we sold them as soon as the cheque book beckoned. Even Simms and Cannon would surely have added something to the squad this season?

Dobbin will be the next to go and as soon as Chermiti's value goes up, we'll sell him anyway.

What is the point??

Ralph Basnett
32 Posted 14/03/2024 at 20:51:43
Fortunately for us a good game and he adds a few 0000s to his fee.
Barry Rathbone
33 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:14:10
We've been a stepping stone rather than a step up for decades the Moshiri years have just confirmed the fact.

Good luck to Branthwaite and any who leave, the job of keeping the wolf from the door might not be an edifying spectacle but it is all we have.

A miracle worker akin to Shankly, Clough or Jose might give us a season or two of hope but only Jimmy the Sheikh will deliver us long term.

Robert Tressell
34 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:27:22
Our only chance of a decent future is by becoming a sale and player development club. Like Liverpool. Like Brighton. Like Leverkusen. No shame in letting players go. The art is having bought their replacement long before you sell.

Leverkusen sold Diaby to Villa for big money last summer. They already had his replacement, Adli, at the club. They used the proceeds to sign Boniface, Tella and others – and are now set to win the Bundesliga.

They have a side full of excellent players all bought for fairly modest sums. But bought specifically because they had the talent, style and potential to play Champions League football.

The current Liverpool success is all built on the sale of Suarez and Coutinho – who were bought with the proceeds of selling Torres.

Paul Birmingham
35 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:32:11
It's the reality of the situation at Everton. It hurts every day, if we are all frank and honest, but hope eternal.

I wished a few Prague fans the best today to stick one on Old Nick tonight, as I was finishing work at 5 p.m.

I have hope that Everton will prevail on all fronts this season and come out stronger. The club and the fans have been through the mincer and rinsed for 30-odd years.

But hope prevails and a force of nature in terms of supporters that the other Premier League clubs can't touch. Evertonians will never be beaten, never, come what may.

Made up for Brainthwaite, he will be England's Captain very soon and for Everton we are blessed at this time. Ratcliffe was good but this lad is a different class. If and when he is auctioned, top prices only.

The irony will be the club will have sold its best player and asset and will have to rebuild. Sysiphus again, like when Rooney was sold to keep the club breathing.

Moshiri and the late Bill Kenwright, you well and truly have brought Everton FC to its knees. The eternal fight goes on, and it will be for ever eternal, unless there's a genuine finance house who's willing to take Everton back to business as usual and normality.

Solace and time to energise for the battles to come.

Ed Prytherch
36 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:32:14
When John Stones chose Man City, he said that it was because he wanted to play for Pep. It worked out well for him. Branthwaite no doubt knows that.

Everton have to sign these young gems more consistently.

Edward Rogers
37 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:33:14
Anyone know if we have to give Carlisle Utd any 'sell-on' fee for Jarrad? If so, how much?

Let's face it, folks, he's going to have to be sold unfortunately.

Tony Abrahams
38 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:44:59
Staying positive, Robert T, that's the spirit mate! Seriously though, I didn't expect to see Branthwaite return after he went on loan to PSV so, if he does leave Everton, I'm sure it will be for around five to six times the amount those conniving Cloggies allegedly offered for him last year?

The club needs players and, as much as you want to keep the brightest young talent, the years of ineptitude have put us in such a terrible position, unfortunately.

I'm made up for the kid, for getting called into the England squad, so hopefully he gets a game, and keeps on improving as he makes each step up along the way.

Bill Gall
39 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:46:14
Congratulations to the lad, it is another step up the ladder to a successful career.

As for him leaving, I would wish him all the best. Those that would get upset if he will not stay at Everton: How many have stayed at their first job when offered more money and more prestige at another job?

You are quite right in blaming the board and Chairman at Everton for their rapid slide down the table, but I still blame the Premier League for allowing Abromovich to buy Chelsea at their aptly named ground, the Shed, to then buy the league tirtle, the FA Cup and other silverware in Europe.

Also, the Government welcoming the Soviet Billionaires to reside in London, buying property and investing millions.

Rant over, going to lie down.

David Hayes
40 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:52:36
I haven't commented for an age now. I can't keep numb any longer.

No win in 11 games. Multiple chances, shots on target, and no goals. Calvert-Lewin and Beto are the worst strikers in the Premier League. I'm totally convinced they are devoid of basic football skills.

I'm ashamed to support this club. Dyche's excuses are endless. Same old narrative: "If only… small margins… performances are good."

Sorry, he's delusional and we will go down.

Sean Kelly
41 Posted 14/03/2024 at 21:55:26
I wish him well. He has carried himself well and performed brilliantly in a struggling side.

I hope Thelwell will get some of the money to bring in a new centre-half, right-back, and a playmaker. Branthwaite's money, along with the savings from Godfrey, Keane, Gomes and Alli, should enable us to move forward and clear out some shite.

On a side note, it's great to see Ajax's cretin Henderson getting thumped.

Raymond Fox
43 Posted 14/03/2024 at 22:15:30
Pleased for him.

Him moving on, which he will, is what makes the Premier League a joke of a competition.

The regular Champions League teams have the rest of us over a barrel, as soon as anyone else produces a top prospect, in they come and snatch him up. What's the point!

This cycle needs to be broken but I'm afraid I've not a clue how. Usmanov unfettered might have been the answer, or you never know… a super-rich Arab.

Mal van Schaick
44 Posted 14/03/2024 at 23:23:08
Congratulations. I like Jarrad, he reads the game well and makes decisive challenges.

My only worry is that sometimes he challenges with his wrong foot and, on a couple of occasions, he has been lucky, getting the ball first. Something to work on perhaps.

John Maxwell
45 Posted 14/03/2024 at 23:36:59
Hopefully he will stay another year, his value will go up... he must be worth £80M surely?

I expect someone will offer £50M with add-ons and we will have to accept it.

Sam Hoare
46 Posted 14/03/2024 at 23:37:48
Excellent player. In an ideal world of ‘future planning', we would keep Branthwaite next season while buying an excellent young talent who can bed in next season and maybe go on loan to the Championship then be ready to step up when we sell Branthwaite for £80M+ in summer 2025.

This is exactly what Brighton did when they knew that Bissouma would be leaving in a season's time and brought in Caciedo (for £7M!) and he had a season to develop, watch and learn from Bissouma before stepping into his shoes.

Rob Dolby
47 Posted 14/03/2024 at 23:45:45
Good for the club and player.

Southgate also praising Dyche for Branthwaite's development over the last 12 months is positive.

Surprised Mainoo from Man Utd hasn't had the call-up, Henderson needs to be dropped; also, no idea how Dunk is in there.

Sam Hoare
48 Posted 15/03/2024 at 10:44:59
I wonder if Thelwell has been looking at Souleymane Isaak Toure as a replacement. The 20-year-old is having a good season on loan at Lorient and is the tallest player in the league at 6ft-9in! Like Branthwaite, he's also left-footed, surprisingly quick, and decent on the ball. Could be perfect for Dyche.

He would probably take at least a season to adjust to the Premier League and I'm not sure he'll be quite as good as Branthwaite but buying him for £15-20M and selling Branthwaite for £70-90M is the sort of good business we need to be doing over the next few years.

Charles Ward
51 Posted 15/03/2024 at 18:57:41
Good luck to the lad, just hope he doesn’t pick up an injury in International duty as that could really put a blight in the season.
Charles Ward
55 Posted 15/03/2024 at 22:56:35
Well, I hope Jarrad partners Stones rather than the immobile Maguire.

Pointless playing at international level unless you are playing with better players and Maguire is certainly not better than Tarkowski.

Mark Stone
57 Posted 16/03/2024 at 02:15:37
Season-ending injury sustained on international duty incoming…
Bob Parrington
58 Posted 16/03/2024 at 04:35:23
Mark, Don't push the luck on this. Sometimes these things come true. I was hoping he wouldn't get a call-up until next season.
Rob Jones
60 Posted 16/03/2024 at 08:35:54
I'm torn on this. I'd love him to stay another year but, if he does well, and plays in the Euros, it definitely puts him in the shop window.

As Robert Tressell has said, we need to become a selling club to develop. The crux of our issues is, as the Athletic article (cited in the James Vaughan thread) suggests, we were a buying club, with no plans whatsoever in terms of resale value. Liverpool have competed with Manchester City on the basis of their ability to recoup money from player sales and invest well. We're light-years from them, but there's a pathway.

If we come through relatively unscathed on PSR, we'll actually be in a position to make bank on his sale, rather than be bent over the pool table as we were on Richarlison and Gordon, sales that were made under pressure, because the Premier League had leaked our need to sell.

Charles Ward
61 Posted 16/03/2024 at 08:47:32
If Branthwaite is off in the summer, I hope we already have a young, eager replacement lined up and straining at the leash.

If we develop and sell young players for a couple of years, we should then have the financial ability to start to play front-foot football, fill the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, and keep our young prospects.

David West
62 Posted 16/03/2024 at 09:32:18
Great for the lad, not so good for the club if we want to keep hold of him for another season. It just accelerates the process of him leaving.

Players in his ear, "Come to Man Utd… Arsenal… Man City."
In an ideal world, we would already have his replacement out on loan like Jarrad was, ready to come back this season to integrate into the first team.

It's going to be a key window this summer.

Colin Callaghan
63 Posted 16/03/2024 at 12:20:59
Branthwaite still shows me a lot more potential than actual product.

He doesn't go forward nearly enough. I rarely see him hit a cross-field diagonal out to the right or play it to McNeil or Mykoenko in stride. If he does, he usually rolls it to a midfielder.

Defensively, I see someone who wants to bully or throw a tackle more than break down and defend. That doesn't work all the time at this level.

We have a player with super potential who isn't good enough to play, week-in & week-out for a top top side yet. Right now, we are perfect for Jarrad and there are few better professionals than Coleman and Tarkowski to learn from.

Colin Malone
64 Posted 16/03/2024 at 13:56:52
Well done, Carlo. You help us out big time, by bringing Jarrad to Everton.
Ernie Baywood
65 Posted 18/03/2024 at 02:02:07
I completely get the sentiment that a call up is one step closer to the door.

But that's kind of like hoping your striker doesn't score goals so no-one wants to sign them.

Jarrad is a very good player with a lot of potential. He will be sold not because he's too good for Everton, but because that's how clubs manage their finances. We haven't been good enough to be able to buy and sell on our terms... so we instead have to sell whatever we have of value.

Alan J Thompson
66 Posted 18/03/2024 at 05:34:33
What do people mean, find his replacement, he's already with us, an England international (did we tap him up on England duty?), Michael Keane...hears distant bugle sounding "Charge!!" and retreats.
Danny O’Neill
67 Posted 18/03/2024 at 06:14:58
Colin @63,

I watch Branthwaite a lot. Not his style.

Tarkowski and Pickford do the punting. That's not a criticism, sometimes it comes off.

Branthwaite tends to look for the shorter pass. It would help if we had an effective midfield to turn the game and affect play.

Let's remember he is still only 21, which is very young for a centre back let alone any other player. But as I keep saying, he plays beyond his years.

Very calm and composed and not afraid of the ball. Strong in the air. A good defender who anticipates well and reads the game. And he's not afraid to send it when it needs to go.

An elegant player who is going to be special. Let's hope it is with us for a few more seasons, but just enjoy him while we can.

Tactics and instructions may lend to your point about not carrying forward. It tends to be how we are set up for a lot of games. That must come from the bench. And back to my continuous points to our midfield options.

Colin Callaghan
68 Posted 18/03/2024 at 10:55:58
We all watch Branthwaite a lot. He can always skip midfield and go straight into the striker if midfield is that inept.

Let's remember he's only 21 and has potential to be immense but he isn't immense yet. Calmness or nonchalance is great when you're a Rolls-Royce defender but he isn't yet

If he gets his head turned, then sell him and reinvest because we have a squad of less than 15 players.

Onana this year and Branthwaite next year… but I don't see either playing in the new stadium.

Danny O’Neill
69 Posted 18/03/2024 at 11:12:15
He won't be immense at 21, Colin. But he's certainly impressive and one of our most consistent performers at the moment.
John Hall
70 Posted 18/03/2024 at 11:20:18
Young lad Ballard at Sunderland looks a bright prospect. Not quite in the Branthwaite school of excellence but looks a real good prospect.

He was originally released from the Arsenal academy and then taken back a few years later.

Burnley tried to sign him before he went to Sunderland, but the deal broke down for a paltry fee of less than £3M.

I have watched him on TV many times this season and last as my grandson lives and breathes Sunderland, living in Cleadon, near South Shields.

Right-sided player but a big strong lad who wouldn't cost the earth should we lose our jewel in the crown.

Terry Farrell
71 Posted 19/03/2024 at 06:44:47
Love everything about Jarrad and hope the club goes all out to keep him next season.
Charles Ward
72 Posted 20/03/2024 at 20:35:09
Just read that Joe Gomez is in the England squad four years after suffering a season-ending injury training with England in 2020.

Hope Branthwaite is wrapped in cotton wool.

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