Jarrad Branthwaite is being tipped for an England call-up amid his impressive Premier League form for Everton.

The former Carlisle United defender has produced a string of fine performances for Sean Dyche's side.

The Wigton star is attracting growing plaudits for his efforts - and national reporters are starting to talk about the England Under-21 international in connection with Gareth Southgate's senior squad.

The calls came after Branthwaite's latest strong display in Everton's 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 21-year-old was the subject of an article in Mail Online where writer Lewis Steele said Branthwaite, "one of the country's most complete young defenders", had a case for a call-up.

"[James] Tarkowski’s performances are going under the radar this season but Branthwaite is the name on most fans’ lips," he wrote.

"Would it be too premature to talk about a potential call-up to England’s senior squad ahead of the Euros?

News and Star: Branthwaite's latest strong showing came against BrightonBranthwaite's latest strong showing came against Brighton (Image: Richard Parkes)

"He has impressed for the Under-21s and there is no reason why Branthwaite should not fancy his chances. John Stones is nailed on to start most matches [for England] but the spot next to him feels up for grabs."

Branthwaite's form was referred to in similar vein by the Telegraph's respected Merseyside football correspondent Chris Bascombe.

His article was titled: 'Memo to Gareth Southgate: Everton have a gem in Jarrad Branthwaite'.

Bascombe goes on to write: "Should Southgate consult his goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, he will receive a glowing scouting report [about Branthwaite]."

He adds that the talented Cumbrian is "arguably Everton's player of the year so far".

Branthwaite has attracted praise from observers ranging from Alan Shearer to Peter Reid for his displays this season.

He has made 11 appearances so far for Dyche's side this campaign.

Branthwaite spent last season on loan with PSV Eindhoven and the Dutch club were keen to sign him permanently - with other top clubs in England also reportedly interested.

But Dyche has said the former Carlisle academy product was never going to be up for sale in the summer.

"I was making it clear he wouldn’t be a player who was available," the Everton boss told the Liverpool Echo.

News and Star: Branthwaite has England Under-21 caps - and some observers are now tipping him for a full international call-upBranthwaite has England Under-21 caps - and some observers are now tipping him for a full international call-up (Image: PA)

"I knew there were certain players who had to leave the building, whether I wanted them to leave or not, we had to bring down the wage bill a little bit.

"So I made it clear - ‘No, he’s one I want to be in the building and I see development in him’.”

Dyche added that his early conversations with Branthwaite revealed a player with a "level" head who was relishing his chance in the Netherlands last season.

“He was very unlucky in pre-season, missed a couple of weeks, but he seemed to be quite an assured character, quite a calm character," added Dyche.

"I like that in all players, but particularly in centre-halves you want that.

His adaptation has been quite clear to the pace and the detail of Premier League football, I think he continues to improve, and physically he is a good specimen."