Nile Ranger Scores Again In England U19 Win Over Scotland

Nile Ranger again looked a class act for the England U19 side tonight, as they defeated Scotland 2-1 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, to go through to the finals of the European U19 tournament.


Nile Ranger – superstar in the making? Scored again for England

It was a close in the first half of this game with England only having to draw the game to get through, since they had a much better goal difference than Scotland.

Nile Ranger did miss a bit of a sitter in the first half, as the ball was played powerfully in from the left right across the goal, and Ranger just failed to get to it in time, and he bundled the ball just wide.

At half time it was 0-0 but it was Newcastle’s brilliant 18 year-old Nile Ranger who got the all important first goal – again – after 64 minutes.

After 64 minutes England made a great play down the left when Delfouneso got to the byeline showing tremendous pace, and pulled the ball back for Nile Ranger, who attacked to ball in the area and stabbed it home effortlessly with his right foot.

These are moves chalked out on the blackboards at football coaching classes.

The game was shown live here  in the US on Setanta Sports, so it was good to get a good look at Ranger.  He looks class already and at 6’2: he is powerfully built but moves effortlessly, and is a great header of the ball.

We cannot see how this lad will not break into Newcastle’s first team at some point next season, he’s that good, and certainly an exciting player to watch.

Another impressive player in the U19 games has been Moses, who scored England’s  second goal after 71 minutes.  Nile Ranger got the ball on the right and he went for the byline before pulling it back. The ball ran free and Victor Moses beautifully struck the ball home. We like the look of this Moses youngster and he’s combined a frw times with Ranger for England U19 goals in these last  3 games.

After 84 minutes England gave away a stupid penalty, when Gavin Hoyte needlessly fouled Griffiths in the box when England were under no danger.

But before the penalty was taken Newcastle’s Adelaide, Australia born Brad Inamn came on as a substitute.   Brad must qualify  to play for Scotland – and this lad is just 17 years old. He is nicknamed Kaka by his team- mates – that’s a good sign!

And Brad is pleased to be playing for Scotland, because for the home Internationals he can almost walk there from Newcastle – and not have to travel across the globe to Australia. Newcastle Academy Director Richard Money thinks this lad could be one for the ages at Newcastle – hope so!

Alex McDonald scored easily from the penalty spot for Scotland, but the last minutes were played our with not much difficulty by England.

England now qualify for the U19 European Finals in the Ukraine, which they have won 9 times, and they collected a full 9 points from their 3 games and Nile Ranger has scored 4 goals.

It was too little, too late for the Scots though as England successfully held on to give themselves another crack at taking on the Europe’s best later this year.

England: 1 Jason Steele (c), 2 Kieran Trippier (5 Jordan Spence, 76) 3 Joe Mattock (18 Matthew Briggs, 80), 4 Matthew James, 6 Martin Kelly, 8 Danny Drinkwater (15 Dean Parrett, 46), 9 Nathan Delfouneso, 10 Nile Ranger, 11 Daniel Rose, 12 Victor Moses, 14 Gavin Hoyte.
Substitutes not used: 7 Andrew Tutte, 13 Declan Rudd, 16 Martyn Waghorn, 17 Andros Townsend.
Scotland: 1 Michael Andrews, 2 Jonathan Brown, 5 Ross Perry, 4 Daniel Wilson, 3 Paul Hanlon (c), 7 David Wotherspoon, 14 Stephen Stirling (9 Leigh Griffiths, 58) 15 Jamie Ness (13 Bradden Inman, 82) 18 James Forrest (16 Lee Currie, 70) John Fleck, 8 Alex McDonald.
Substitutes not used:11 Johnathon Russell, 17 Craig King, 12 Mark Ridgers, 6 Callum Booth.
Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
Assistant Referees: Juan Jose Gallego Galindo & Marco Tropeano
Fourth Official: Albert Toussaint
Attendance: 2817

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #1

    fair play to him.
    Goo player in the making 🙂

  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #2

    His movement when he didn’t have the ball impressed me, he was always looking to pull defenders out of position to make space for his team mates as well as finding space at the back post a few times by drifting away from defenders.

    Hopefully he gets some playing time next season.

  • Nobby_Long

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #3

    good on Nile……..lets hope he can get a chance to shine for the first team next season.

  • mitchc

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Thought his positional play was really good for a young player ED hope he comes good for us next season

  • Nobby_Long

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #5

    he has played really well for the reserves…didn’t see the hame tonight, just saw his goal and his first half miss .
    Don’t think it was him that made England’ssecond goal though.

    He’s a star in the making…lets hope we can nuture him & bring him through…..oh and keep him here….

  • Tino 11

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Does anyone know how long his contract is?

    If he plays a bit next season and does well, i can see some premiership club trying to nick him.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #7

    He only signed a new 3 1/2 year contract a few months back.

  • Alex

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #8

    i have not seen the lad play but from what every one says about the lad , he must be in the first team at the start of next season . He sounds like a young les Ferdinand .

  • Tino 11

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #9

    That’s ok then, hopefully he’ll be playing so well we offer him better terms!

  • scottish mag

    Jun 1, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #10

    here is that owen garven that plays 4 ipswich played any gd this season??

  • hitman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #11

    future number 9 lads.

  • Prince Bassong

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll second that on Victor Moses. From what I’ve seen of these U19 games, him and Nile seem to have a natural rapport together.

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #13

    We should buy Victor Moses, seeing how well him and Nile have been playing together for England 😉

  • kizza

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    i have just ordered an england shirt with Ranger on the back. i hope i havent jinxed his chances

  • brownrob

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye, Nile was great, good linkup play and took his goal well
    I was disappointed with Moses, he looked more like jonas, losing the ball all the time after taking it past 3 guys

    Oh, have a look at my blog, its only new! But will keep adding articles!

    Howay the lads

  • IrishMan

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #16

    I have just put 50 (euros, sorry guys) on NUFC to win the CC Championship next season. Am I mad? Mind you, I wonder what price Ranger to be top scorer?

  • IrishMan

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #17

    4 to 1 to win CCC on Paddy Power.

  • batty

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #18

    IrishMan why be sorry m8 ile be sticking a couple of hundred on before the weekend bet of the season m8

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Great prospect can’t believe he never got as much as a sniff last season.

    Anyone think he might be sold if an offer came in…?
    I think he would be.

  • Yorick Hunt

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Was very dissapointed that he never got a chance this season. After all wasn’t Michael owen playing for England in the world cup at that age!?

  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m not stirring things here but to put things into perspective, the 2 youth players we absolutely bang on about – Ranger and Vuckic, were signed by Dennis Wise.

  • Doocey

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Alreet lads, ows ye lot doing?

  • Nick 69

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Dennis Wises job was to sign the players, doesnt mean he scouted them, any deal that we done last year was done by Wise but im guessing our youth scouts brought the players to his attention!!

  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #24

    I did only say he scouted them to be fair.

    Anyway if we sign a few more of Ranger and Vuckic quality then our future will certainly be bright.

  • AndyNUFC

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Signed them * even.

  • batty

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #26
  • Rodzilla

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #28

    …what a tool. Mind you, spread-betting – dangerous ground.

  • Darling27

    Jun 2, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #29

    I’d love to see the lad up front with Carroll next season.

  • sohica17

    Jun 2, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #30

    he looks like adebayor to me……………………………………..


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