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NEWCASTLE UNITED striker Nile Ranger has not been granted a visa for Newcastle's pre-season tour to America, the club have announced.

Ranger and controversial team-mate Joey Barton have been notified by the United States Embassy that they will not be given permission to visit the country.

England under-21 international Ranger caused controversy earlier this year when he posed with a gun. The Toon forward, 20, was photographed holding the chrome handgun while messing about with friends before a night out.

The Sun newspaper showed the snap to the shocked Premier League club which launched an immediate inquiry.

Ranger was once locked up over a mugging but he had vowed to change his ways.

Barton has been refused a visa because of his criminal record meaning he will also miss the games against Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew.

Ranger and Barton will now link up with the reserve squad for their tour of Holland.

"Unfortunately, I was denied my visa due to my past," Barton told the club's official website.

"I regret not being able to travel with the club on this trip, but at the same time, I don't expect to be treated any differently or more favourably than anyone else in a similar situation.

"All I can do is continue to improve as a person, which is what I intend to do.

"Again, apologies to all the NUFC supporters - as well as the fast growing legions of football supporters in the United States who I was looking forward to meeting. I will see you in the future."

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