While Newcastle fans wait for some announcement on Alan Shearer, one of our brightest young guns, Nile Ranger, scored two goals last night in England’s 4-1 win over Slovakia.
Nile Ranger – scored England’s first two goals last night
Nile and Crystal Palace’ Victor Moses celebrate Ranger’s second goal last night
One future star at the Tyneside club is making an enormous impact with the England U19 squad, as the 18 year-old has now scored 3 goals in his first two starts for the England U19 side, and if this lad continues like this, he could be in the England U21 sqaud soon, and in the Newcastle first team next season!
Seems like our youngsters are doing their best to lift the gloom on Tyneside, with 16 year-old Haris Vuckic recently voted both palyer of the tournament, and top goal-scorer in the recent Newcastle Under-18 success.
England took another step closer to the European Championship Finals in Ukraine last night when they comfortably beat Slovakia, to set up their final game of this Elite Round next Monday against Scotland.
Two goals each from strikers Nile Ranger (Newcastle United), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa) was enough to give Brian Eastick’s men a good win and set up a top game with Scotland, at Bramall Lane, on Monday to decide who takes their place in the last eight this July.
Scotland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0, and it all goes down to the final game with Scotland on Monday, with England needing only to avoid defeat, to be in the Finals for a second successive year becasue of their superior goal difference.
That will see Magpie Nile Ranger travel to the Ukraine for the finals in July, and by the time this lad starts pre-training late, this summer, he could be an established England U19 star.
After 13 minutes of last night’s game, Danny Rose’s pass from within his own half, picked out the onrushing Danny Drinkwater in the penalty area, but Slovakian ‘keeper Matej Rondos was quickly out to collect the ball.
England came even closer after 16 minutes, when Drinkwater’s cross from the left picked out the impressive Ranger in the box, and the 6’2″ Newcastle striker got a header in, but Tomas Kosut was on the goal-line to clear.
Rose immediately worked the ball back out to Moses in the left channel and he waltzed around Ratislav Bakala before firing a low center across the box, and it was Ranger again, who was only inches away from scoring.
At the other end, Slovakia’s best chance came in the 28th minute when Peter Gal-Andrazy on the left placed a cross into the area but Filip Kiss headed over.
Then on 29 minutes a Moses’ cross from the left, picked out Ranger, who was tearing the Slovakia defense apart, and the youngster made no mistake, as he swivelled nicely to shoot home his second goal in successive games.
The 18 year-old Newcastle striker was proving a handful at the other end, and one of his impressive runs was ended with a cynical foul 25 yards from goal, and Drinkwater was unfortunate to see his resulting free kick brilliantly saved by Rondos.
But just 7 minutes into the second half, a Moses’ corner from the right was met brilliantly by Newcastle’s Ranger, who headed powerfully home to put England 2-0 up in this so important game. Nothing like scoring the vital goals when it matters.
Slovakia finally found their way back into the game after 58 minutes when Gal-Andrezly scored with terrific left-foot shot from the edge of the box to give them hope.
That goal seemed to bring the Slovakians back into the game, and they responded by bringing in another attacker to supplement striker Arnold Simonek.
Ranger, by now chasing his hat-trick, nearly had a memorable treble, when he shot narrowly over from another Moses corner, and then saw a powerful header saved by Rondos at the near post. The young Newcastle stirker Ranger was having the proverbial “stormer”.
While just 2-1 up, England always looked the more likely to score, with Delfouneso, Rose, Ranger and Moses all still proving to be just too good for Slovakia’s side.
And near the end, in the 88th minute, Moses played in a corner from the left to the near post, and Delfouneso headed home after a run across goal.
And Delfouneso got his second when Rose latched in stoppage time, drew the goalkeeper, before squaring a pass to the Aston Villa striker who tapped the ball home to give England just the result they wanted and needed.
An excellent display by these young Lions, and Monday’s game against Scotland should be some match.
England: 1 Jason Steele (c), 2 Kieran Trippier, 3 Joe Mattock, 4 Matthew James, 6 Martin Kelly, 14 Gavin Hoyte, 12 Victor Moses, 8 Daniel Drinkwater (15 Dean Parrett, 88) 9 Nathan Delfouneso, 10 Nile Ranger, 11 Daniel Rose.
Substitutes not used: 5 Jordan Spence, 7 Andrew Tutte, 13 Declan Rudd, 16 Martyn Waghorn, 17 Andros Townsend, 18 Matthew Briggs.
Cautioned: Gavin Hoyte 57.
Slovakia: 1 Matej Rondos, 2 Matus Conka (16 Denis Jankovic, 76), 3 Marian Kopca (c), 4 Juraj Hovancik, 6 Marek Bohacek, 8 Peter Gal-Andrezly, 9 Robert Valenta (7 Martin Guldan, 63), 11 Tomas Kosut, 13 Arnold Simonek, 15 Filip Kiss, 17 Ratislav Bakala.
Substitutes not used: 12 Martn Polacek, 10 Jan Vlasko, 16 Denis Jankovic, 18 Igor Paldan.
Cautioned: Peter Gal-Andrezy 58, Marek Bohacek 62, Filip Kiss 83.
Referee: Mihaly Fabian
Assistant Referees: Zsolt Varga & Jose Gallego Galindo
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gomez