Former Newcastle United strike Nile Ranger has been arrested on suspicion of assault two weeks after leaving the club by mutual consent.

Ranger, 21, was arrested following reports of a fight between a couple in Newcastle city centre.

The London-born former England Under-19 player is currently being questioned in custody.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "At 7.09pm yesterday evening, police received a report of a fight in the car park area at The Gate, Newcastle.

"A 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault and he is currently in custody helping police with inquiries."

The troubled striker had his contract at Newcastle United cancelled following a series of arrests.

In January, Ranger was held by Northumbria Police following an allegation made by a woman that she was raped at a Newcastle hotel.

In October, he was given a 12-month conditional discharge for assaulting two police officers.

Ranger made 51 appearances for the Magpies and scored two goals.

A statement from the club on 1 March said: "Newcastle United can confirm that Nile Ranger has today left the club by mutual consent."

Ranger was capped 12 times at England under-19s level, scoring on his first international start against Bosnia on 27 May.