Ranger Scores As England U19 Through To Semi-Finals

After two rather innocuous draws the England U19 team have qualified for the semi-finals of the European U19 Championships in the Ukraine.

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Nile Ranger – another England goal for this lad

And our own Nile Ranger was on target during England’s 7-1 hammering of Slovenia yesterday.

After 2 points from their first two games against Switzerland (1-1) and Ukraine (2-2), England need the win to qualify and they were five goals up at half time, before Ranger, who came on on as a 69th-minute substitute, scored his fifth goal at the U19 international level.

Newcastle’s 16 year old attacking midfielder Haris Vuckic was in the squad for Slovenia, but was suspended and unfortunately didn’t play in the game.

England will now be bidding for a place in the final when they take on France on Thursday, with Serbia and hosts Ukraine in the other semi-final.

England U19s Head Coach and former Newcastle coach Brian Eastick paid tribute to his players who finished top of Group A.

Eastick has not been happy that so many players have been withdrawn from the tournament by their clubs, as he said after the game:

“It’s a great achievement so far and it is for any team to reach a semi-final of a major international competition like this,”

“That’s great credit to all of the players involved here and we now go onto the next stage where the bar will be raised again.”

“I have to say I’m disappointed that many of the players which we put on our list of 30 have been denied the opportunity to experience it by their clubs.”

“A few injuries meant that several of them would have been able to do so and that playing in top level competitive games can only help in a player’s overall development rather than pre-season friendly games.”

“We named four central defenders in our list of 30, but none of them could come with us, which has left us in the situation we’re now in,”

“It isn’t ideal, but I’ve been pleased with the way the players have responded and we’re now looking forward to the semi-final and we’ll see if a few of the injuries can clear up for the game.”

We’ll have to hope these youngsters can make the final, and then be mentally tough enough to win that game too, with hopefully Nile playing in both games.

Unlike the England U21 side who were taken apart by Germany 4-0 in the recent U21 finals in Sweden.

17 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    Jul 28, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    “I have to say I’m disappointed that many of the players which we put on our list of 30 have been denied the opportunity to experience it by their clubs.”

    Why football clubs do that !? Don’t they think let youngster get the tournament like this will be the good experience for them to improve their skills and mental strength ?

  • lesh

    Jul 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed. I’d rather he wasn’t scoring as the more he does, the greater the liklihood he’ll be spirited away.

  • Doocey

    Jul 28, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    The drama continues with Newcastle.
    I wonder is there anyone else ‘actually’ in the race.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jul 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Doocey –

    Fcuk knows mate. Thats 98% of the problem is that no body knows – which leads to speculation etc etc.

    I think the match tomorrow might be over shadowed by the crowds dis-approval of MA and DL. Just got a feeling that opinions may be made known!!

    Plus as well as that if the team put another performance like Orient away on home turf there will be murders on!!!!

  • dougnufc

    Jul 28, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5
  • Toon Graeme

    Jul 28, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Doug – who knows who to beleive.

    I would trust Lambiarse as far as I could throw the gurning tw&t.

    Then again – the chron can be not 100% accurate.

    Who knows – thats the problem.

  • stevep

    Jul 28, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #7

    To be honest I’m not sure the bid was 100% serious, however Lambiarse & co could have nipped it in the bud by asking them to prove they had the cash – profitable group obviously didnt make the bid official as they hadn’t signed the NDA.

    The whole process is a complete joke – Ashley has a completely idiotic figure in his head and will never sell to FFS for 50 million (which is as much as his group can afford)

    However I doubt we’ll go into administration as Ashley is the owner and the main creditor (I think that may well be illegal) – I really can’t understand why he isn’t getting the high earners off the books unless prospective owners have told him to leave alone (wishful thinking??)

    The whole things a complete and utter mess and looks worse every day.

  • punk skunk...

    Jul 28, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Didn’t FFS get more than he had in the club from MA?..
    …I guess he spent the extra cash he made on ho’s in espania!?!..

  • DevonMag

    Jul 28, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9
  • Nobby_Long

    Jul 28, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    How do we know that Profitable Group have not signed a NDA ?? – is there any factual evidence of that?

    The NDA is there to ensure that there is no disclosure of financial information by either party – Profitable have not stated anything in terms of figures – any figure reported in pure conjection by the journalists.

    Sorry but they have very likely to have signed the NDA otherwise they could not have conducted any sort of due diligence/examination of the clubs finances. There have been no quotes from anyone to say they have not done that.

    The only quote was from Llambias several weeks ago to say they they had not been in contact with Newcastle United – which at the time could well have been true, as any contact would have been via Seymour Pierce.

    Although I have serious doubts at to PGs ability to buy & fund the club properly and would question their motives – I wish we would stop all of this knee jerk stuff & try to realise the press know F… All about what is happening.

    What troubles me is Ashley & Seymour Pierce could well know that PG are not really credible bidders & future owners, but why not deal professionally with PG rather than leave themselves open to criticism yet again…..

    On a slightly different note, I really wish the Journal & Chronicle would mount a serious campaign calling for action…one way or another – I’m sick of all the usual clap trap from the players….the blogs from Lee Ryder & Luke Edwards are full of …’well we tried asking for comments, but were told the sale is progressing’ type rubbish…….why aren’t they running headline articles demanding answers to questions? . My answer, they are too afraid…….if Ashley can’t sell then they will get frozen out of their cozy little relationship…….its simply not good enough.


    Jul 28, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #11

    No picture of bassong in training even though he’s due to be playing this weekend? every single ‘first team’ player is in the pictures on nufc.co.uk yet no bassong so he’s not training with the club? hmmm……

  • DJG

    Jul 28, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12

    ”Newcastle’s 16 year old attacking midfielder Haris Vuckic was in the squad for Slovenia, but was suspended and unfortunately didn’t play in the game.”

    Not unfortunate for England because he is a good player.

    ”Ranger, who came on on as a 69th-minute substitute, scored his fifth goal at the U19 international level.”

    I think he could get 15 – 20 goals for us next season. Lets hope he gets on against France! The most important thing is not to rush him and let him progress gradually up through the ranks. I think next summer depending on how many he gets this season he could be knocking on the u-21 door.

  • DJG

    Jul 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Regarding the comments about clubs blocking their players from participating in youth tournaments. I think in terms of Nile Ranger, it will do him the world of good to be away from NUFC for a while and just focusing on his development with other ambitious footballers his own age. Touch wood he will come back injury free, fitter and in better form than most of his team mates, (although thats not hard).

  • Gary77

    Jul 28, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I think most things have been covered on this blog over the last few weeks we all know a manager is arguably the most important thing we need and even though big al would be right up there for my prefered choice im now just hoping a manager gets appionted and get a team together because a blind man on a galloping horse can see that with hughton theres no direction and the players will walk all over him. As for ashley he must have a plan of some kind he cant be thick enough to leave his investment to rott

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jul 28, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #15

    I cant believe 25000 have bought season tickets! With the curent mess – relegation seems to be a real possibility – especialyy if FatAsh decides to enter administration, rather than keep pouring money into the leaky bucket. 10 points adrift on day 1 – no manager, players walk away.

    The only good bit of news is that Asley profit at sports direct is down 93% – I hope it hurts him as much as the damage he is doing to the club is causing the fans

  • chrisbx1

    Jul 28, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #16

    if the profitable groups bid at the onset was genuine ,now that it has been stated officially that no bids meeting the asking price were received why on earth would they want to withdraw there offer as surely some1 is going to get the club cheaper than the asking price ,or are they frightened MA calls there bluff for the £70 m and they really dont have the finances to cover that.

  • OHurley

    Jul 29, 2009 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Howay the lads


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