Young Cumbrian stars Jarrad Branthwaite and James Trafford could team up for England this weekend.

The duo are with the Under-19 squad at a training camp, with two in-house friendly games approaching.

Everton defender Branthwaite and Manchester City keeper Trafford, both 18, will be in the mix to take on Sheffield United’s Under-23 and Derby County’s Under-23s at St George’s Park.

The Blades game is this Saturday at 2pm, with the Derby friendly coming next Tuesday also at 2pm.

It could be the first time the talented former Carlisle United pair have played together for the national side.

Trafford, from Greysouthen, has featured for several England age-group sides while for Wigton’s Branthwaite it is a first international call-up.

Branthwaite, who Carlisle sold to Everton in January, has recently returned to fitness after an ankle injury.

He was back on the bench for Carlo Ancelotti’s first team against Newcastle earlier this month, while he got some useful minutes under his belt for the Toffees’ Under-23s in their 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.

The highly-rated former Blues defender has made five first-team appearances since his move last winter.

For Trafford, meanwhile, it has been an exciting spell which has seen the farmer’s son step up to the first-team squad at Manchester City.

He was called onto the subs’ bench after fellow Cumbrian Scott Carson pulled out of the warm-up with injury ahead of City’s game against Sheffield United on October 31.

Trafford, who left Carlisle’s academy to join City aged 12, also made the bench for Pep Guardiola’s squad for their Champions League game against Olympiakos. That followed impressive performances for City’s Under-23s, Trafford having earned a professional contract earlier this year.

There is another Cumbrian connection in the England Under-19 squad in the shape of Trafford’s City team-mate Liam Delap, son of former Carlisle favourite Rory.