Nile Ranger has again been included in the England Under-19 squad, at the end of what has been an amazing first season for him at Newcastle.
Nile Ranger – signing a new 4 year improved contract earlier this year
Ranger had another good game in front of Shearer, when the Newcastle Reserves side beat Ashington 4-0 in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final, last Tuesday evening.
18 year old Ranger told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I think I’m progressing,” “The gaffer and Iain (Dowie) have given me a chance by putting me in the squad.”
“They’re always watching, and if I keep going, then I know I’ll get a chance. “
“I’ve been training with the first team, and it’s been hard, but it makes you a better player.”
Ranger has scored 22 goals for the club this season, and he was called up by the England Under-19 side earlier this year and made his debut over the last 45 minutes of that game against the Czech Republic.
We also have Andy Carroll of course starting for the England Under-20 side, so we have two top young strikers coming through.
“I’ve been on standby a few times, and I got a call-up against Czech Republic.”
“I thought I did pretty well when I came on, and I got a letter saying I’d been called up again for a week and a bit at the end of the month.
“Everyone wants to play for England, and I’m no different. It’s my country, and it’s a good chance for me.”
We have to believe that both Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll are hoping that Alan Shearer stays on at the Tyneside club as manager.
What better manager to have groom you, when you’re a good young striker, than one of the greatest English center forwards of all time?