Nile Ranger pulled out of the England U20 squad this last week with a back injury.
Nile Ranger – hopefully will be fit for tomorrow’s game
But a difficulty presumably with what happened this week was with the procedure followed – Ranger didn’t have his injury assessed by England’s medical staff.
But what does the FA want to do here?
Imagine what would have happened if Ranger had played for England and had been injured – and say he was out for the season.
At the time Shola Ameobi was out for two months with his depressed cheekbone, and Leon Best had limped out of the game against Arsenal with a hamstring injury – so Newcastle at best (excuse the pub) had two fit strikers in Lovenkrands and Ranger.
And after Saturday’s game we asked the question whether Newcastle would withdraw Nile Ranger from the U20 squad.
If they had done it without Ranger being injured it would have been to protect Newcastle’s interests, and don’t forget Newcastle pay the wages of Nile Ranger – not the English FA.
Imagine at the same time if Leon Best was out for weeks with his hamstring problem.
Newcastle would be in a right mess now, as far as strikers were concerned. Newcastle pay the lad’s wages so this club versus country argument is a lot more complex than just showing up every time to play for your country.
That’s even more true, when the player is at a top club, who play almost two games a week though most of the season.
There is a story out today that England may make an example of Nile Ranger, it’s re[ported in the Evening Chronicle, by possibly banning him from tomorrow’s game at Blackburn Rovers.
More nonsense from the FA, obviously.
It’s just complete nonsense, and of course Newcastle are well aware of letting their players go away to play for their countries.
We all remember when Michael Owen missed most of the 2005-2006 season though injury, but was rushed back to play for England in the World Cup in Germany in the summer of 2006, and was injured.
Michael was then out for all of the following seaosn, except for a few games at the end of the 2007-2007 season.
This is what Nile Ranger said about the back injury he picked up last Saturday:
“My back was killing me at the start of the week,” “I was just doing a few swimming sessions to get back, and it feels sorted now.”
“It’s still a bit sore. I could only do a little bit (yesterday), and we’ll see how it feels.” “I hope to be ready if the gaffer throws me in.”
Nile is still waiting for his first PL goal, but if he plays like he did in those last 17 minutes last Saturday, that first goal will not be too far off.
“Andy’s gone, and it puts me up the pecking order along with Shola being injured,” “It gives me a chance – and I want to take it. I was shocked when Andy went, I really was.”
“He’s a Geordie, and he got the No9 shirt he wanted. He’s supported the club all his life and watched players like Alan Shearer wear that shirt. I thought he’d be here for years to come.”
“It would have been good being in partnership with Andy, but we still have good strikers – Besty, Peter Lovenkrands and Shefki Kuqi.” “I don’t know the full situation, but it’s a chance.”
We heard Lord Triesman, the former FA chairman, talking about his resignation from the FA last May, at a parliamentary select committee inquiry this week, and he revealed just how incompetent the organization really is – and does nothing – well nothing useful that is.
But the FA have been ineffective and incompetent for many years – so this is nothing new.
Coming up with this sort of nonsense about Nile Ranger this week, is just another indication of how they seem to live on another planet, and haven’t anything better or more useful to do.
You’re right – we’ve never been big fans of the English FA, and this is not the first time we’ve pointed out they are little short of incompetent. 😀