Nile Ranger desperate for his last chance after being ousted as’ Osama bin Laden, from football
Fallen England youth star Nile Ranger has recounted how he came back to live with his mother after being “treated like football’s Osama bin Laden.”
The old one Newcastle United the striker, who was earning £ 10,000 a week, said the game ‘practically washed my hands’ after several blows with the law.
He admitted the damage was “self-inflicted” but begged for a “last chance” to prove himself as a player.
Ranger, who has scored six goals in 11 games for the England Under-19s, added: “The game practically washed my hands. I am treated like football’s Osama bin Laden.
The 29-year-old, who last played professionally for Southend United in 2018, said he had ‘come home’ after leaving and left at five ‘just to stay in shape’.
He claimed he had since rejected contracts with Rochdale and Oxford United, but said FourFourTwo Magazine: “Looking back, those were both really stupid decisions.”
He continued, “I can’t blame anyone else – it was all self-inflicted.
“I hope and pray for one last chance. If I do, I’m ready to grab it with both hands.”
Ranger’s career was almost over before he began when he was sentenced to 11 weeks in prison for his role in an armed street robbery as a 15-year-old in Southampton.
Four years later, in 2011, he was questioned by Newcastle United after posing with a pistol replica.
He was subsequently cleared of assaulting a man in Newcastle, but arrested for being drunk and disorderly in another incident.
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In 2012, he was fined by the FA for homophobic comments on Twitter.
The following year he was charged with rape at a Newcastle hotel but found not guilty after trial.
In 2017, Ranger was jailed for eight months at Wood Green Crown Court, north London, for his role in an online banking scam.