Nile Ranger has certainly opened people’s eyes with his outtsanding performance last night for the England U19 side, and he got his first international goal after 85 minutes and generally got high praise from the FA officials who saw the game.
Nile Ranger – only one of Newcastle top young talents
Wonder if that’s how Alan Shearer started out when he was playing for the England Youth sides. For the record Alan played 11 times for the England U21 side from 1990 – 1992 and scored 13 goals – shades of things to come obviously. 😀
Here is an interview from the FA site after last night’s England U19 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Nile spoke at the England team’s Sheffield hotel:
“I’m still buzzing actually,” “To score on my full debut was great, I wasn’t even expecting a call-up but I’m happy to be here and involved.”
“They were good on the counter attack and didn’t stop running so they made it tough for us and it was important for us to get the first goal and that made it a bit easier for the second half.”
“It was a great ball in from Victor (Moses) and I just managed to get my head on it and guide it in.”
Ranger got a late call-up for the friendly game with Czech Republic in March, came on as a second half substitute and hit the post near the end, but really impressed with that all energy display.
And of course last night he got his first start6 and first goal of many to come – we hope.
“I came on (against Czech Republic) and just gave my all,” ” “We battered them a little bit but just couldn’t get the goal, but I generally gave it my best and managed to hit the post, which was unfortunate.”
The next game is Friday’s game with Slovakia at Valley Parade though, where the England side will look to take another 3 points, and having seen the Slovakians at close quarters, Ranger knows what to expect from them.
The 18 year-old Newcastle striker continued:
“They look like a pretty big side, so it will be tough for us again,” “I sort of like the physical stuff though, that’s a strong part of my game so I’m looking forward to it.”
“We need to get the win on Friday and hopefully Scotland will lose against Bosnia to give us a good chance, but our main aim is simply to go through to the Finals and we want to win all three games.”
“I’ve settled in well with the lads ever since I was first called up for the last game, so it’s good,” “International football is sort of different to club football.”
“I’m playing against players that I don’t always get the chance to play against and to be honest, I’m not really used to it yet.” “We don’t really get a break, as we played last night and then had our recover y today before the next game tomorrow so it’s hard.”
“With the club, you’re training every day with your team-mates and playing week-in and week-out, so it’s different but I’m certainly enjoying it.”
To be honest we cannot wait for the pre-season games so we can see Nile in action for the first team, and also take a look at some of our other top young talent like Carroll, Vuckic, Kadar, Tozer, Forster and Krul, who will all be pushing for first team places before the season starts.
We just cannot wait!