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Branthwaite 'a Rolls Royce' defender - Pickford

Branthwaite and Pickford
Branthwaite and Pickford

England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford says Jarrad Branthwaite's call-up to the senior men's squad "is fully deserved."

The 21-year-old defender has been a standout performer in a difficult season for the Toffees and has scored twice in his 25 Premier League appearances.

"He's a bit of a Rolls Royce," Pickford told BBC Radio 5 Live Football Daily podcast. "He's calm and he makes the right decisions as well. He's been quality all season.

"It will be a massive honour for him and his family to get called-up for England and I'd say it's fully deserved.

"I'm not the manager but if you're playing well, and you're in the set-up, then the door is always open."

Branthwaite has six appearances for England Under-21s and was part of the squad that won the Euro title in 2023.

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