James Garner has now sent a one-word message to his Everton teammate Jarrad Branthwaite after his debut for England U-21’s last night.

Branthwaite made his first appearance for the England U-21’s after being called up in March, England rounded off an impressive European Championships Group Stage with a 2-0 win over Germany U-21’s to maintain their 100% record.

James Garner, who has been impactful in the Young Lions’ progress thus far, took to Instagram to congratulate his Everton teammate on his display.

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Branthwaite posted on his Instagram account after the game: “Debut. Clean sheet. Into the next round.”

Responding to Branthwaite’s post, James Garner replied: “Solid.”

Indeed, the young defender has looked ‘solid’ whilst on loan at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven last season, and this could be a real breakthrough year for the 21-year-old.

The centre-half played 34 games in all competitions for the Dutch giants last season, and ended the campaign by lifting the KNVB Cup, overcoming Ajax in the final.

Branthwaite could finally break into Everton XI

With high-profile departures at the back for Everton, such as Yerry Mina who leaves on a free transfer, and Conor Coady, who’s loan deal came to an end, there is the potential for Branthwaite to be a key figure at Goodison this year.

Indeed, it is expected that he will be a part of Sean Dyche’s plans as Everton prepare for the 2023/24 Premier League season, assuming that the young defender remains at the club.

Branthwaite has been linked with a move away from Merseyside, with Italian side AS Roma reportedly interested in the defender, as per reports in the Daily Mail.

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Valued at around £20m, Everton would make a substantial profit on the £750,000 they paid Carlisle in 2020, but no doubt the Toffees would prefer to see the young player fulfil his potential at Goodison Park.

Jarrad Branthwaite is clearly a talent, and Sean Dyche could be the ideal coach to develop the young centre-half into the top-class defender he has the potential to be.

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