Sport Steven Gerrard in action for England

Roy Hodgson is eager for his side to test themselves against Central and South American opposition

Boateng set to come in for Tigers

Hull are poised to make George Boateng their third summer signing after agreeing a deal with Middlesbrough for the midfielder.

Middlesbrough sign Dutchman Emnes

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate today made his first summer signing by clinching a £3.2million deal for Dutchman Marvin Emnes.

LMA will back Ince for Rovers

The League Managers' Association would have no objections were Paul Ince to be named Blackburn manager, despite his lack of a UEFA Pro Licence.

Licence hitch could derail Ince's hopes

Paul Ince's prospects of becoming the new Blackburn Rovers manager could be damaged by the former England captain's failure to complete his coaching qualifications.

Middlesbrough 2 Portsmouth 0: Southgate vows to toughen up in wake of Boro survival

Two men, two managers with too much to think about for their lives to be comfortable: Harry Redknapp, 61, and Gareth Southgate, 37, may be at different ends of the managerial spectrum, but as each spoke after a tame game at the Riverside, it was clear that 90 minutes of indifferent action was not the only thing on their minds.

Sunderland 3 Middlesbrough 2: Murphy keeps Sunderland up while Boro fret

By Simon Rushworth at the Stadium of Light

Boro strikers backed to shine next season

The Middlesbrough coach Colin Cooper is promising there is much more to come from the club's four mainline strikers next season.

Southgate may end defunct role of captain

The Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is considering the unusual step of withdrawing the role of captain.

Arca urges Boro to ease end-of-season pressure

The Middlesbrough midfielder Julio Arca is urging his team-mates to reproduce the form they have mustered against the big guns to make a solid finish to the season.

Middlesbrough 1 Derby County: Tuncay eases Boro's relegation anxieties

"It reminded me of Austria", said the Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz in his assessment of a crucial success. It is presumed he was referring to the weather (sporadic snow showers), but he could have been describing the quality of football (sporadic passes to feet), since Austria have failed to beat Tunisia, Japan and even England in the past six months.

Middlesbrough 1 Derby County 0: Tuncay dispatches desperate Derby closer to oblivion

Derby's painful shuffle towards Premier League oblivion continues unchecked. Middlesbrough were the latest to inflict defeat on them, in the process doing themselves a considerable favour down in what their manager Gareth Southgate calls "the eight-team mini-league at the foot of the table". This was only their fifth home League win of the season and they just managed to maintain their miserly average of a goal per game at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough 0 Cardiff City 2: Jones and Bluebirds tap spirit of 1927

The Football Association's vision of a Wembley showpiece on semi-final weekend is starting to look more like the Football League play-off finals.

Southgate hailed by chairman for Boro overhaul

Middlesbrough announced yesterday that they have sold out their allocation for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Cardiff City at the Riverside as the club's chairman, Steve Gibson, showered praise on his young manager, Gareth Southgate. In his second season in management, and having lost both main strikers, Yakubu and Mark Viduka last summer, Southgate "has done terrifically for us," Gibson said. "I can't emphasise enough how ugly the job was that I gave him."

Middlesbrough 0 Reading 1: Coppell keeps cool as Harper offers sight of safety

Steve Coppell, the Reading manager, hailed James Harper's dramatic last minute winner at the Riverside Stadium as a "massive, massive boost" to his side's battle to escape from the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough 0 Reading 1: Late and great Harper lifts Reading

Coppell's struggling side snatch a stoppage-time winner against Middlesbrough to collect their first points since Boxing Day
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