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Nile Ranger

Nile Ranger is an English striker who was born in Highgate, London on 11th April 1991. Ranger began his career at Crystal Palace's academy, before being snapped up by Southampton. Not long after moving to St Marys he was sentenced to 11 weeks in a young offenders institute for an armed robbery in Muswell Hill. Following his release Ranger was never far from trouble, and received two written warnings about his conduct at the club. He was eventually sacked after being caught stealing a load of first team kit.

In July 2008 Ranger signed for Newcastle. He failed to make a single first team appearance during 2008/09 as Newcastle were relegated from the Premiership, but was prolific at both reserve and youth level. On 25th March 2009 Ranger won his first cap for England U19's in a match against Czech Republic. He went on to make a further 11 appearances, scoring six goals.

On 8th August 2009 Ranger made his debut for Newcastle as a late sub for Shola Ameobi against West Brom. He made a promising start to the 2009/10 season, winning the man of the match award in his first league start against Leicester on 31st August 2009. Ranger struggled for goals however, netting just twice during the campaign. His first came in a 2-0 win at Coventry on December 9th.

Ranger failed to make much of an impact for Newcastle in the Premiership during 2010/11, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench. He did however score in the impressive 4-3 Carling Cup win over Chelsea on 22nd September 2010.

Ranger caused controversy in May 2011 when he posed for a picture holding a replica gun. In August 2011 he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 33 year old man who was left unconscious. Ranger was arrested twice in October 2011. He was charged with being drunk and disorderly and was also caught drink driving.

On 21st November 2011 Ranger signed with Championship club Barnsley on loan until January 2012.

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