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