Nile Ranger – Newcastle Star Of The Future

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.

Ranger continued:

“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?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Piers

    May 16, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Sounds good to me.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    We are definitely going to win today !

  • Piers

    May 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    I wonder if Nile will be up with the first team next year……..personally i hope he is. If we let go Owen and Viduka, we really just need one more experienced striker to have a formidable attack.

    I also hope we basically have a fire sale in the midfield. Thats been the biggest problem in my opinion this year. Worst midfield in the prem. And lastly i hope we let Colo go as he’s made way too many mistakes in the back line. Let’s try and keep Bassong Beye and Enrique but hopefully we add at least 2 quality defenders to help out.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4

    If you happen to be in Calpe, Spain, Saffy’s bar is showing the game.
    Will be there once I have had a shower and changed, and put my lucky underpants on !

  • BT9MAG

    May 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Good player – by no means a polished premier league striker yet though, and I worry people will heap too much pressure on him! Having said that, look at Rooney – 16 and playing for Everton and now one of the best players in the world…

  • Toon_Factor

    May 16, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Ranger gets praised far too much imo, wasnt Chopera brilliant in the reserves for us?

    Hugh Jorgan

    nobody cares about the crappy game you forever play!!! ffs

  • BT9MAG

    May 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon Factor – I’m not sure he was AS prolific, and certainly not in his first year…plus Chopra doesn’t have the natural attributes to succeed in 1st team premiership footy (didn’t have the speed to make up for his lack of height)

    Having said that – I agree, between him and the 2 young keepers we have a level hysteria which isn’t, imo, warrented!

  • Big Dave

    May 16, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Well lads it wont be long now lets get it on, so we can get the 3pts and our survival out of the way as i would like to enjoy the last game of the season with out worrying.
    Howay the lads

  • Tom_Toon

    May 17, 2009 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Ranger needs a chance.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 17, 2009 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #10

    He should be infront of the hapless Michael Owen.


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