We had been wondering why Nile Ranger had been missing form the two games the England U19 team played last week, and now we know he’s had a virus.
Nile Ranger – struggling with a virus
Nile missed the England Under-19s’ latest round of European qualifying matches because of a virus, and it turnbs out the 18-year-old remained on Tyneside last week to recover from the problem.
The youngster is now working his way back to full fitness, at Newcastle’s Benton headquarters.
Interim boss Chris Hughton talked about Nile today to Newcastle United TV:
“Nile has been struggling for a week or so with a virus so unfortunately he had to miss the England games.”
“He’s still recovering now but is feeling a lot better.”
The England team won both games 3-1 against Finland and Slovenia, with 17 year-old Haris Vuckic playing for Slovenia and Ryan Donaldson getting his first start and playing the full 90 minutes in that game. Ryan also scored his first goal for the side, and is pushing himself into the England U19 set-up nicely, after starring at U17 level.
So Ryan has taken his chance at the U19 level well, when he was given his chance. He came on after 72 minutes against Finland, but then starred against Slovenia.
England have already qualified for a place in next year’s Elite Round of qualifying, and the finals will be in France next summer. The U19s play their final game tomorrow night against Slovakia, and it would be good to see Ryan get another full game at this level.
It’s good to see our youngsters playing for their countries at this age, and we look forward to several of them breaking though at Newcastle – in the near future. That would help the playing side of the club enormously, during these difficult times.