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

Weary Zola relieved to stop rot

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Turnbull stands tall to frustrate Zola's mini men

Middlesbrough 1 West Ham United 1

Wright-Phillips V-sign sparks investigation

The Football Association was yesterday seeking a television recording of the incident at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night showing Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips aiming an apparent two-fingered gesture at the Boro manager, Gareth Southgate.

McCarthy's header leaves Boro stinging in the rain

Blackburn Rovers 1 Middlesbrough 1: South African striker's first goal since February earns Rovers last-gasp equaliser

Wigan Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 1: Southgate tells Aliadière to find the action replay button

Great talent can be a burden as well as a gift. Ask Jérémie Aliadière. Rated on a par with Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry when he graduated from France's acclaimed academy at Clairefontaine, he carried a frightening weight of expectation from the moment he began his career.

Middlesbrough 0 WBA 1: Carson's glove story inspires Albion victory

West Bromwich Albion's manager, Tony Mowbray, believes Scott Carson has locked the nightmare of his infamous England howler in some secure recess of his pysche. Mowbray watched his £3.25 million summer signing protect his side's 53rd-minute lead here with a superb display of goalkeeping.

Pogatetz to apologise for horror tackle

Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz has confirmed he is going to apologise to Manchester United midfielder Rodrigo Possebon for the tackle which saw the Brazilian teenager leave the pitch on a stretcher last night.

Sunderland 2 Middlesbrough 0: Reborn Chopra makes Boro pay penalty

In his own words, Michael Chopra said that he entered the Sporting Chance clinic in Hampshire this month "to sort myself out". Marital problems, leading to others, had caused the 24-year-old Geordie to admit his head was swimming and he admirably sought help. Payback for his honesty came here yesterday when Chopra rose from the bench to score two late goals to give Sunderland their first home win of the season. Bearing in mind his Newcastle United past, Chopra was a controversial signing 14 months ago from Cardiff, but he has come to Roy Keane's rescue on several occasions since and yesterday can be added to that list.

Portsmouth 2 Middlesbrough 1: Defoe delivers punchlines from Crouch's feed

If, in the midst of England's euphoric and historic win in Croatia on Wednesday, there was a sombre note, it was the sight of Jermain Defoe. Having trudged off at half-time in the World Cup qualifier against Andorra, four days earlier, without troubling the scorers, and with England then going on to win twice without him, he was an unused sub in the Maksimir Stadium.

Middlesbrough 2 Stoke City 1: Mido's no-show dulls afterglow for Middlesbrough

Somehow Mido, a man who did not start, who did not score a goal and who did not contribute too much in his 13 minutes on the pitch, came to dominate the aftermath of a match which set a strange tone anyway, as the losers arguably departed as satisfied as the victors. The latter's manager, Gareth Southgate, said: "I'm not embarrassed by the result, but I feel for Tony [Pulis].

Middlesbrough 2, Stoke City 1: Tuncay leaves plucky Stoke feeling down on their luck

Pulis's team put up gallant fight following dismissal of Faye but just come up short

Liverpool 2 Middlesbrough 1: Gerrard leaves it late to turn out lights on Boro

No one can accuse Liverpool of peaking too early. Last week they got a goal in the closing minutes to beat Sunderland, but that was positively premature compared to yesterday when they scored twice in the last five minutes. As they say around Anfield, at least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask.

Middlesbrough 2 Tottenham 1: Wheater exposes Spurs' striking deficiencies

Juande Ramos must have known what to expect after watching a horribly toothless Tottenham Hotspur succumb to their latest opening-day defeat.

Villa hold Young talks

Aston Villa are in talks with defender Luke Young after agreeing terms with Middlesbrough for the England international.

Wigan secure Cattermole capture

Wigan have clinched the signing of England Under-21 midfielder Lee Cattermole from Middlesbrough.

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