PL striker on fine form amid Rangers links as ex-Ibrox staffer plots Gers heartbreak - report
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Aston Villa star continues fine form amid high-profile Rangers links

Rangers-linked Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer continued his fine form with the England U21s by scoring in the nation’s first Euro qualifying defeat for 11 years.

The 20-year-old striker scored an injury time consolation as the Young Lions fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Slovenia in Huddersfield.

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England have already booked their place at next year’s tournament in Romania and Georgia but Lee Carsley’s side were shocked by the Slovenians.

Djed Spence of Nottingham Forest – once linked to Rangers himself – got the England U21s off to the worst possible start before Mark Zabukovnik doubled the lead with a header.

It’s the England U21s first Euro Qualifying defeat since losing to Belgium in November 2011.

Cameron Archer scored in the 91st minute of the game to round off the scoring with Rangers one of a number of clubs reportedly tailing the kid, his fourth goal in as many games for the team.

Read the BBC match report HERE.

Rangers-linked Cameron Archer interesting host of Championship sides

After spending last season on loan at Championship Preston North End, interest in the young Villa striker is hotting up ahead of the new window.

Rangers were linked with a loan move last week, making a change from talk of the Ibrox side sending players in the opposition direction to former boss Steven Gerrard.

Cameron Archer scored seven goals whilst on loan at Preston North End last season and all the signs suggest he’ll be heading out on a short term deal again.

Alongside Rangers there has been talk of a return to Preston, whilst Middlesbrough, Watford, West Brom and most recently Queens Park Rangers have all been linked.

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If QPR’s interest is legitimate, it would mean that Rangers would be facing off against former assistant coach Michael Beale in the hunt for the hitman’s signature.

Beale – who originally moved with Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa – has just been appointed to his first ever management role after accepting an offer from the Loftus Road club.

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