The England U19 side were held to a 0-0 draw in their final warm-up game ahead of May’s Elite Round qualifiers, as Nile Ranger of Newcastle made his debut, coming on and playing for the final 45 minutes.
Nile Ranger – now an England Under-19 International
And with Newcastle’s Andy Carroll having moved up to the England U-20 squad, it has left room for the 17 year-old 6’2″ Newcastle striker, who was called into the squad earlier this week.
Brian Eastick’s side controlled the game from start to finish, but just couldn’t get that final winning goal, but they did hit the woodwork twice in the second half in a fluent display of football, but the crucial goal proved to be elusive.
In fact Nile Ranger was almost the hero last night, as he hit the post with a low shot with just 5 minutes to go, but the rebound was initially cleared before Nathan Delfouneso hit the ball way over the bar.
The young England side were led by Everton’s Jack Rodwell, in the absence of the injured Henri Lansbury, and after making a bright start to the game the home side dominated affairs.
Rodwell’s Everton team-mate Daniel Gosling also started, and of course both these players have been in the Everton first team of late, such is the quality of these England Under-19 players.
Ranger is quite young at just 17 years old to be in this England side, and it augers well for his International future.
Niles’ shot on 85 minutes that rebounded off the post, was England’s last chance of the night, and England now look towards May and their bid to qualify for the finals of the European Championship.
We expect Nile Ranger to be in the squad for those games, and we’ll follow his progress.
Nile was born in London, and has been a big success on Tyneside in his very first season, getting 15 goals for the Newcastle U-18 side, and 7 goals for the Reserves side, having been signed from Southampton in the summer. He turns 18 next month, and if Newcastle can avoid relegation, the lad may make his debut late in the season.
England: 1 Jason Steele, 2 Kyle Walker, 3 Joe Mattock (16 Aidan White, 73), 4 Jack Rodwell (c), 5 Gavin Hoyte, 6 Martin Kelly, 7 Jordan Henderson (14 Andrew Tutte, 80), 8 Daniel Drinkwater, 9 Nathan Delfouneso, 10 Jonathan Obika (15 Nile Ranger, 46), 11 Daniel Gosling.
Substitutes not used: 12 Jordan Spence, 13 Alex Smithies, 17 James Wallace.
Czech Republic: 16 Roman Vales, 2 Jan Mudra (15 Jan Navratil, 46) 4 Martin Sus, 5 Josef Husbauer, 7 Lukas Hejda (6 Lukas Novy, 72) 8 Zdenek Folprecht (14 Lukas Motal, 69) 10 Josef Sural ©, 12 Filip Noval, 13 Milan Misun, 17 Milan Nitrianski (11 Dominik Kraut, 85) 18 Jakub Petr (9 Martin Dolezal, 46)
Substitutes not used: 1 Vaclav Hladky, 3 Jan Matras.
Officials: Referee: Anthony Taylor, Assistant Referees: Darren England and Paul Tierney, Fourth Official: Darren Bond