Nile Ranger was recently released by League One Blackpool and then failed to win a contract at relegation (from the Championship) favourites Rotherham after training with them.
Turning 25 next month, the striker hasn’t played a match in over 16 months but still believes he would/could have walked into the current Newcastle team AND potentially be playing for England this summer in the Euros in France.
Amongst the mess that has been 99% of his football career, Nile Ranger points to when he was playing for the England Under 19s at the same time as Danny Welbeck.
Whilst at Newcastle, Nile Ranger scored six goals in 11 appearances for that England Under 19 team – which is the level that Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman are currently representing their country at.
He says that when he watches Newcastle at the minute, he would ‘definitely be playing now’ in the first team if he hadn’t messed up.
A lot of inherently talented players have ended up not making it at the very top, or not at all, due to their attitude and lack of professionalism.
However, whilst Nile Ranger is almost certainly good enough to have made a living playing football, he has shown nothing in club football to suggest that he is a fraction as good as he seems to still think he is…
Nile Ranger speaking to The Sun:
“I feel like if I had behaved myself I’d be up there with them (his old England Under team-mates including Danny Welbeck).
“Sometimes I watch Newcastle and know I’d definitely be playing now, especially with how things are going for them.
“There are times where I’ve seen them play and thought ‘I can do better than that’.
“But I can’t always hold on to that because it is done now.
“I am ready to get my head down and work.
“Everyone makes mistakes, I have just made more than others, but now I am ready to settle down.
“I have got a nice aura about me and if I made it back into the Premier League it would be a great story, you could write a book on it afterwards.”