The former Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has been charged with rape, police have said.

The London-born 22-year-old will appear in court next month following an investigation by Northumbria police.

The force said: "A rape was reported to police on Thursday 24 January 2013, and relates to an incident which happened in the early hours of Wednesday 23 January at a hotel in Jesmond.

"Nile Ranger, 22, of Harringay, London, has been charged with rape. He is due to appear before Newcastle magistrates court on 21 August."

Ranger was released by Newcastle in March and has yet to be signed by a new club. He played a part in the Magpies winning the Championship in 2009-10 but struggled to secure a regular place in the first team after the club returned to the Premier League.