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England begin training for Wembley friendly with Brazil

England stars get down to business in training as they prepare to face the boys from Brazil

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

11:16 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:16 GMT, 4 February 2013

England have begun preparations for Wednesday's illustrious friendly at Wembley with Brazil.

The bad news for manager Roy Hodgson, however, is that only 11 outfield players were available to fully train today.

The withdrawals of the injured Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick and the absence of the unfit Daniel Sturridge had significantly contributed to
the depleted numbers available to Hodgson to train, with others involved yesterday in the
Premier League instead limited to a warm-down session.

Put through their paces: The limited numbers available to England began training today

Put through their paces: The limited numbers available to England began training today

Elder statesman: Jack Butland is temporarily England's most senior goalkeeper

Elder statesman: Jack Butland is temporarily England's most senior goalkeeper

Watchful eye: Hodgson observes Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Ashley Cole in training

Watchful eye: Hodgson observes Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Ashley Cole in training

Joe Hart and Jack Butland remain the only
senior goalkeepers in Roy Hodgson's full squad but with Hart among
those only warming down, Middlesbrough's inexperienced Jason Steele has been added to
the training squad to aid preparations for Wednesday's fixture.

Hodgson is expected to announce further
squad changes today, incidentally, in response to the withdrawals of Carrick and Defoe and because of Sturridge's inability to train.

The forward has discussed his
fitness with the England manager and, though reluctant to do so, is expected to
accept that he will be unable to play any part against Brazil
and could therefore leave the England camp.

Heart-to-heart: Sturridge could withdraw from England's squad after this conversation with Hodgson

Heart-to-heart: Sturridge could withdraw from England's squad after this conversation with Hodgson

All as one: The England senior team alongside the U21s and U19s

All as one: The England senior team alongside the U21s and U19s

All smiles: Wayne Rooney shares a joke with Glen Johnson

All smiles: Wayne Rooney shares a joke with Glen Johnson

Safe hands Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele is entirely unproven at the highest level

Safe hands Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele is entirely unproven at the highest level

Ashley Cole, however, was among the 11 available to Hodgson today, meaning he remains on course to follow Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and Steven Gerrard and become the seventh England player to reach 100 caps.

His presence is a real positive for England given the intimidating prospect of facing both Ronaldinho and Neymar, but even for all of the latter's reputation as one of the world's greatest talents, another of Hodgson's defenders, Phil Jagielka, has revealed his international team-mates are yet to truly know what it is they can expect from him.

'I don't know a lot about Neymar,' Jagielka said. 'We don't see a lot of footage. He plays in Brazil so it is tough for us.

Limited numbers: But England's ranks are expected to swell before Wednesday's friendly

Limited numbers: But England's ranks are expected to swell before Wednesday's friendly

Coaching conference: Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville and Stuart Pearce in discussion

Coaching conference: Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville and Stuart Pearce in discussion

Midfield rivals: Frank Lampard, Leon Osman and Tom Cleverley will all hope to feature in England's midfield

Midfield rivals: Frank Lampard, Leon Osman and Tom Cleverley will all hope to feature in England's midfield

'But we have video analysis people when we meet up with England and they will have plenty of footage for us to review.

'They will pick out his good points and bad ones. I am sure the good points will be going on for hours.'

Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2 – match report

Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2: Boro end long wait for home win over Seasiders

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17:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

Middlesbrough secured their first home league victory over Blackpool for 39 years with a 4-2 win at the Riverside that inched them closer to an automatic promotion place.

The hosts dominated proceedings in the first half and striker Ishmael Miller was at the heart of things with an early goal, with Richard Smallwood doubling the advantage on 35 minutes.

Blackpool fought back when Wes Thomas scored just before the hour mark, but Scott McDonald replied for Boro.

Here we go: Middlesbrough celebrate on their way to beating Blackpool

Here we go: Middlesbrough celebrate on their way to beating Blackpool

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (Parnaby 21), Woodgate, Rhys Williams, Halliday, Emnes (Jutkiewicz 82), Leadbitter, Bailey, Smallwood, Miller, McDonald (Reach 65).

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Thomson, Luke Williams.

Goals: Miller 14, Smallwood 36, McDonald 62, Reach 88

Booked: Woodgate

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Baptiste, Basham, Gomes (Sylvestre 57), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Martinez 37), Thomas, Ince.

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Kevin Phillips, Sylvestre, Harris, Dicko.

Goals: Thomas 59, Basham 76

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Attendance: 18,164

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Chris Basham found the net and Blackpool would have edged a point but Thomas Ince's 81st-minute penalty was well saved by Boro keeper Jason Steele, before Adam Reach made the points safe three minutes from time for the hosts.

Middlesbrough were seeking their fourth successive home win and started optimistically with Grant Leadbitter's early corners causing all sorts of problems for Blackpool.

Visiting keeper Matt Gilks was kept busy by Miller's crossing, and the combination for the inevitable opener came as no surprise.

Gilks opted to stay on the line for Leadbitter's 14th-minute corner – Boro's seventh – meaning Miller had enough space to head into the bottom corner.

Miller and Marvin Emnes both went close from the edge of the box, but Boro were forced into a change with the injured Justin Hoyte replaced by Stuart Parnaby.

Blackpool's first decent chance came in the 25th minute when Boro could only half clear from Stephen Crainey's corner as Ince volleyed wide, but the visitors were finding some pockets of pressure up front.

Michael Appleton attempted a shake-up by replacing Nathan Delfouneso with Angel Martinez but Blackpool conceded their second 10 minutes before the break as Emnes' cut-back found Smallwood who coolly slotted in from the edge of the area.

Emnes and Miller proved almost unstoppable in the second half. Gilks tipped over from another Miller cross while Leadbitter kept Boro's threats alive from the corner flag.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher headed tamely wide in a rare Blackpool move while Appleton brought on Ludovic Sylvestre for the ineffective Tiago Gomes.

It provided the impetus as Blackpool strung several passes together before Taylor-Fletcher laid off for Thomas who found space to score at the near post.

Just three minutes later, though, Boro caught their opponents out in possession and Scott McDonald charged forward before a calm finish saw the two-goal advantage restored.

Blackpool attempted a swift response as Chris Basham shot wide but Boro were in cruise control, replacing Miller with Reach before McDonald went close from 18 yards.

Basham then made it a nervy end to the game as Basham got on the end of a cross from the tireless Crainey before Jonathan Woodgate felled Sylvestre to concede the spot kick and earn a yellow card.

The Seasiders, however, failed to capitalise as Ince's spot kick was saved by Steele who guessed correctly, with Boro piling on the misery through Reach who struck on 87 minutes after good work by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: match report

Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: O'Grady strikes to get one over relegation rivals

By
Jonathan Veal, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:16 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 15 December 2012

Sheffield Wednesday earned local bragging rights with victory over Barnsley which eases the pressure on boss Dave Jones and piles it on counterpart Keith Hill.

The Owls had lost their previous seven games in the npower Championship which left the former Cardiff boss clinging on to his job, but Chris O'Grady's first-half goal earned the vital points and stopped the rot.

The goal was shrouded in controversy, though, as O'Grady tapped home after Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele had dropped the ball under the challenge of Gary Madine, with television replays showing a push.

Delight: Sheffield Wednesday's Anthony Gardner celebrates his team's opening goal

Delight: Sheffield Wednesday's Anthony Gardner celebrates his team's opening goal

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Foster, Cranie, Golbourne, Buzsaky (Perkins 47), Greening (Harewood 66), Dawson, Cywka (O'Brien 61), Davies, Tudgay.

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Hassell, Done, Wiseman.

Booked: Foster, Davies.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Helan, Antonio, Prutton, Lines (Sidibe 90), Jermaine Johnson (Mayor 57), Madine (McCabe 67), O'Grady.

Subs Not Used: Bywater, Taylor, Maguire, Mattock.

Booked: Lines, Prutton, Llera.

Goals: O'Grady 35.

Att: 12,484

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

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Wednesday rode their luck in holding
on for the win and Keith Hill's men will feel hard done by in losing a
game they controlled for large parts as Marcus Tudgay could have had a
hat-trick of headers.

The Owls will not care about that, though, as they moved off the bottom of the league and joined Barnsley on 18 points.

While Jones will be breathing easy
tonight the same cannot be said of Hill, who is coming under the cosh
from Reds fans unhappy at an 11-game winless run. His future could be
decided after the Christmas period.

It was no surprise that there was not
too much quality on show early on given the respective poor runs of
their sides, though a rasping drive from Stephen Dawson stung the palms
of Chris Kirkland as Barnsley attempted to gain the initiative.

Wednesday responded, though, and Madine glanced a header wide from Chris Lines' inviting free-kick.

Neither side could wrestle control,
though with no love lost between these two clubs – separated by just 13
miles – there was plenty to keep referee Stuart Attwell busy as the
tackles flew in.

With Barnsley enjoying a spell of
possession, Wednesday stole the lead 10 minutes before the break. Lewis
Buxton found space down the right and delivered a searching cross that
under duress from Madine's challenge Steele dropped and O'Grady turned
into an unguarded net.

Steele was furious and wanted a foul, which TV replays suggest was apparent, but Attwell was having none of it.

The Reds should have had an instant
response, though, as Tudgay headed over from six yards out after an
enticing delivery from Scott Golbourne.

Barnsley started the second half
strongly with Craig Davies forcing a low save out of Kirkland, who
parried a free-kick before Miguel Llera cleared with a red shirt ready
to pounce.

Wednesday could have doubled their
lead when Madine headed over from O'Grady's cross, but that was a rare
break from largely one-way traffic towards the Owls' net.

David Perkins drove an effort just
wide, but for all their possession and territory, the division's lowest
scorers rarely looked like breaching Wednesday's defence.

That all changed in the final 10
minutes as former Wednesday striker Tudgay headed straight at Kirkland,
Marlon Harewood had an effort blocked and then Tudgay again saw a header
cleared off the line by David Prutton as Barnsley threw every forward
in search of a leveller.

The chances did not end there as
Harewood hooked just wide and Davies had an effort deflected off target
as Wednesday somehow held on.

Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 2 – match report

Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 2: King doubles up to seal comeback and end winless run

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Birmingham twice fought back against high-flying Middlesbrough before Marlon King's well-taken finish claimed only a second home win in seven attempts at St Andrew's.

Boro captain Grant Leadbitter headed his first npower Championship goal of the season to put the visitors ahead before King, who had earlier hit the outside of a post, picked himself up to draw level from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, an equaliser City scarcely deserved.

Scott McDonald capitalised on some shambolic defending from Pablo Ibanez to nudge Boro back in front just after the hour mark but, again, the home side drew level courtesy of substitute Wade Elliott's lob, which really should have been kept out by Jason Steele.

At the double: Marlon King scored a penalty and a super second

At the double: Marlon King scored a penalty and a super second

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Ibanez, Davies, Robinson, Morrison (Elliott 46), Mullins, Spector, Hall (Burke 69), King, Zigic (Lovenkrands 75).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Caldwell, Redmond, Diop.

Booked: Robinson.

Goals: King 45 pen, Elliott 66, King 81.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday, Ledesma (Smallwood 67), McEachran (Zemmama 83), Bailey, Leadbitter, Jutkiewicz (Miller 67), McDonald.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Parnaby.

Booked: Halliday.

Goals: Leadbitter 14, McDonald 62.

Att: 15,322

Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).

But there was nothing fortunate about King's matchwinning second, a sublime low finish across Steele in the 81st minute to claim three much-needed points for Lee Clark's side, ending a four-match winless run.

Lowly Birmingham's joy came on a night in which frustrated home fans had earlier unfurled a banner which read 'Clark out, Carson out', referring to Hong Kong-based owner Carson Yeung and the club's ongoing takeover talk.

Middlesbrough went into the clash knowing victory would take them joint top of the Championship and they will have felt hard done by as they slipped to a third defeat in four games.

Boro certainly went into the clash as the more impressive side this season but history was not on their side having won just one of their previous 15 visits to St Andrew's.

Blues were first to threaten courtesy of towering Serbian striker Nikola Zigic but his header from the free-kick of loanee Rob Hall, making his full debut, went narrowly wide.

The visitors' attractive passing style was certainly easy on the eye and it was they who broke the deadlock after 14 minutes.

The ball was recycled to Andy Halliday out on the left and, with unorthodox Blues right midfielder Jonathan Spector out of position, Leadbitter, back from suspension, nodded home from six yards.

Lukas Jutkiewicz should have made it 2-0 after 21 minutes but his header from Justin Hoyte's cross flew off target.

Tucked away: King puts away the spot kick

Tucked away: King puts away the spot kick

Birmingham came within inches of a leveller soon after when Steele's fingertips nudged King's low effort on to the outside of a post following a flowing counter.

Boro were playing the ball around well, with Leadbitter and Nicky Bailey pulling the strings, but Birmingham were certainly struggling to find any kind of rhythm.

Jack Butland twice saved from Emmanuel Ledesma before, out of nowhere and with half-time approaching, the hosts drew level.

King turned Andre Bikey, who tripped the striker in the penalty area, and King himself stepped up to convert.

On his way: Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald breaks through the Birmingham defence and goes on to score, celebrating below

On his way: Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald breaks through the Birmingham defence and goes on to score, celebrating below

Scott McDonald celebrates

England prodigy Butland twice came to Birmingham's rescue at the start of the second half, saving close range from Josh McEachran's cross and then clawing away McDonald's attempted lob.

But McDonald was to beat Butland just after the hour mark, capitalising on defensive hesitancy from Ibanez before firing home in a goalmouth scramble.

Boro keeper Steele saved well from Spector but was soon at fault for Birmingham's equaliser as he failed to keep out Elliott's 25-yard lob.

And it was left for King to have the final say, finishing superbly after Boro had given the ball away to sub Peter Lovenkrands in the middle of the park.

Hull 1 Barnsley 0 – match report

Hull 1 Barnsley 0: Aluko keeps Tigers roaring and comfortably in the playoffs

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17:15 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

18:38 GMT, 3 November 2012

Nigeria international Sone Aluko's 16th-minute strike earned in-form Hull their fourth win in five matches.

Attacking ace Aluko swept in a low left-footer for his fifth goal of the season to keep Steve Bruce's Tigers in the Championship play-off places.

It also secured their fourth successive home league victory over shot-shy Barnsley, who were very much second best despite the slender scoreline and look set for another battle against relegation after a disappointing run of just one win in seven matches.

Right direction: Steve Bruce watched his Hull side eek out a win over Barnsley

Right direction: Steve Bruce watched his Hull side eek out a win over Barnsley

MATCH FACTS

HULL: Amos, Rosenior, Chester, McShane, Bruce (Dawson 67), Evans, Koren, Aluko (McKenna 81), Elmohamady, Quinn, Simpson (Mclean 86) Subs not used: Jakupovic, Olofinjana, Faye, Proschwitz

Booked: Simpson

Goals: Aluko 16

BARNSLEY: Steele, Golbourne, Foster, Wiseman, Cranie, Stones, Dawson, Done (Silva 71), Perkins (Dagnall 18), Cywka (Harewood 81), Etuhu Subs not used: Alnwick, Hassell, McNulty O'Brien

Booked: Golbourne

Referee: Mark Heywood

Attendance: 15,598

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Visiting boss Keith Hill, linked with
the vacant managerial position at Blackpool, had brought back last
season's Player of the Year Luke Steele in goal at the expense of his
summer signing from Spurs, Ben Alnwick.

Steele had missed the opening two
months of the season with a troublesome abdominal injury but on his
first appearance of the season the former Manchester United man kept his
side in with a shout with a string of excellent saves.

While Barnsley, having dropped
veteran forward Marlon Harewood to the bench and having no recognised
striker in their starting line-up, did not manage a shot on target in
the opening half, the Tigers should have put the game to bed before the
break.

Bruce had called on his Hull team to
make the most of home advantage and get the 'difficult' month of
November off to a positive start.

The Tigers got their noses in front
after 16 minutes when Ahmed Elmohamady's ball into the box was only half
headed clear by England Under-19 right-back John Stones and fell to
Aluko, whose low left-footed shot from 15 yards appeared to pick up a
slight deflection off centre-back Scott Wiseman on its way past Steele.

Hull kept pressing and in the 21st
minute Elmohamady met Robert Koren's inswinging corner but sent his
eight-yard header over the top.

Koren then had an edge-of-the-box
effort parried by Steele after 32 minutes before the Barnsley keeper
pulled off an even better save to keep out a close-range header from
Corry Evans.

Six minutes into the second half Liam Rosenior should have done better with a shot from six yards that he lifted over the top.

Barnsley, without a win at the KC
Stadium since August 2006, did show more attacking intent in the second
period but struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities to test Hull
keeper Ben Amos.

They sent on former Liverpool winger
Toni Silva for his debut but their best effort was a 65th-minute shot
from Polish midfielder Tomas Cywka that flashed just wide.

And it was left to Steele to keep the
margin of victory down to one goal, as he pulled off another top-class
parry to thwart striker Jay Simpson in the 78th minute.

Brighton 0 Middlesbrough 1 – match report

Brighton 0 Middlesbrough 1: Dutch of class from Emnes seals Boro win

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A deflected first half strike from Dutchman Marvin Emnes was enough to give Middlesbrough their fourth successive away win – in manager Tony Mowbray's 100th match in charge.

Striker Emnes enjoyed a fair slice of good fortune in notching his fourth goal of the campaign, his 21st-minute effort from the edge of the penalty area taking a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Brighton's Polish international keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

It proved to be the only goal of the game as Middlesbrough extended their impressive record against the Seagulls to 10 matches in all competitions.

Flying Dutchman: Emnes (centre) celebrates his goal

Flying Dutchman: Emnes (centre) celebrates his goal

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd (Dobbie 69), Bridge,
Hammond, Bridcutt, Crofts (Buckley 69), Barnes, David Lopez (LuaLua 82), Mackail-Smith.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Dicker.

Booked: Greer.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Bikey, Woodgate, Friend,
McEachran (Miller 73), Bailey, Leadbitter, Haroun, Emnes (Smallwood 80), McDonald (Reach 85).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Ledesma, Hines.

Booked: McDonald.

Goals: Emnes 21.

Attendance: 26,293

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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In contrast Gus Poyet's men have
tumbled from their lofty early-season heights. They topped the
Championship after a five-match winning sequence, but have now taken
just two points from a possible 12.

Yet they will feel they should have
drawn level just after the hour mark. A shot from Moreno David Lopez was
bravely blocked by Jonathan Woodgate, outstanding Boro keeper Jason
Steele then kept out a header from Ashley Barnes, before Craig
Mackail-Smith sent his header from six yards over the top instead of
into the back of the net.

Brighton had also enjoyed most of the
possession in the early stages of the game at the Amex Stadium. That
was mainly down to mistakes in Boro's midfield, with stray passes from
Nicky Bailey and Josh McEachran, but Grant Leadbitter produced a good
tackle inside the penalty area to deny a clear chance for Mackail-Smith.

But Boro looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Dutch attacker Emnes silenced the home crowd by making the breakthrough.

Brighton tried to hit back and in the
28th minute an outswinging corner from the left by Lopez was met by
Dean Hammond but his header from six yards flew over the crossbar.

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Two minutes later striker Craig
Mackail-Smith latched onto a low ball sent in from the left but his 12
yard shot was superbly turned over the top by Steele.

The Seagulls kept pressing and 10
minutes before half-time midfielder Andrew Crofts was presented with a
good opportunity 10 yards out, in a central position, but he sent his
header over the top.

Stuart Parnaby started a league game
for Boro for the first time since 2006, replacing Justin Hoyte who
suffered a pulled hamstring at Watford two weeks ago, and he and his
fellow defenders managed to keep Brighton at bay in the second half.

Poyet sent on attacking substitutes
Stephen Dobbie and Will Buckley – and both players went close to
levelling matters, before Boro keeper Steele pulled off a fine save to
push away an Ashley Barnes effort from 25 yards.

The Seagulls did have other chances,
particularly through Mackail-Smith, but they failed to score for the
fifth Championship match in a row.

Middlesbrough 1 Leicester 2: Dyer at the death ends Boro"s unbeaten record

Middlesbrough 1 Leicester 2: Dyer at the death ends Boro's unbeaten record

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17:31 GMT, 29 September 2012

Substitute Lloyd Dyer's last-gasp goal
earned Leicester a deserved win and ended Middlesbrough's 100% home
record in the process.

Nicky Bailey opened the scoring for
Middlesbrough with a stunning 30-yard drive early in the second half but
it was all Leicester after that, with Jamie Vardy slotting in the
equaliser and Dyer's deflected effort winning it at the death.

It was the Foxes' fourth victory in five matches but the first points they have taken on their travels after three defeats.

Safe hands: Middlesborough keeper Jason Steele

Safe hands: Middlesborough keeper Jason Steele

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Woodgate (Hines 37), Bikey, Hoyte,
McEachran, Bailey, Thomson (Ledesma 69),Leadbitter,Jutkiewicz,
Zemmama (Luke Williams 63).
Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Arca, Smallwood, Haroun.

Booked: Bikey.

Goals: Bailey 50.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 28), Konchesky, St. Ledger,
Morgan, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James (King 57),Marshall (Dyer 62),Vardy, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Waghorn, Futacs.

Goals: Vardy 62, Dyer 89.

Att: 15,679

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)

Bailey and Merouane Zemmama were the only survivors from Boro's midweek Capital One Cup victory at Preston, while the Foxes named an unchanged line-up following their impressive 3-1 Championship win against Hull last Sunday.

The home side had the first chance of the game when Justin Hoyte cut in from the right and fired in an effort which brought a decent stop from Kasper Schmeichel. At the other end, David Nugent, who scored a hat-trick against the Tigers, saw a shot deflected just over the crossbar by Andre Bikey.

Middlesbrough's on-loan midfielder Josh McEachran fizzed a right-footed drive wide, before Leicester lost Ritchie De Laet to injury, with highly-rated youngster Liam Moore coming on.

Vardy should have done better with a shot from just inside the area which was straight at Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele as the game continued to flow.

Jonathan Woodgate, whose career has been dogged by injuries, was forced off in the 37th minute with what looked to be a recurrence of a niggling hamstring problem.

His absence was noticeable from a Leicester set-piece shortly afterwards as Nugent rose highest to head over the crossbar.

High jump: Jonathan Woodgate climbs above the Ipswich defence

High jump: Jonathan Woodgate climbs above the Ipswich defence

Tony Mowbray's men took the lead early in the second half. There looked to be nothing on when Bailey picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, but the midfielder let fly with a stunning shot into the top corner.

Middlesbrough came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage moments later, hitting City on the break, only for Lukas Jutkiewicz to slam a shot against the crossbar. They were made to pay as Leicester equalised from their next noteworthy attack.

Nugent's shot deflected into the path of Vardy and he steered the ball past Steele for his fourth goal of the season.

Leicester spurned two gilt-edged chances to take the lead as Dyer cleared the bar from six yards from fellow substitute Andy King's lay-off.

King then found himself with space in the area but his close-range shot was palmed away by Steele.

The visitors were well on top as Anthony Knockaert's corner picked out former Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger but his powerful goalbound header was expertly tipped away by the keeper.

Nugent headed wide, before Leicester grabbed the winner their second-half pressure had deserved.

Anthony Knockaert passed the ball wide to Dyer and his shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Steele.

Knockaert should have sealed victory late on when he was sent clear one-on-one with Steele. He took it around him but sub Hines was on hand to hack the ball to safety.

Middlesbrough 2 Ipswich 0: Luke Williams and Mustapha Carayol score

Middlesbrough 2 Ipswich 0: Williams and Carayol make it three on the bounce for Boro

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Middlesbrough made it three successive wins at the Riverside this season, although the 2-0 scoreline flattered the hosts.

A Luke Williams effort separated the sides until added time when Mustapha Carayol's 12-yard effort made sure of the points.

Boro had the better of the early exchanges but Paul Jewell's side never gave up.

Opener: Williams (left) is mobbed after scoring

Opener: Williams (left) is mobbed after scoring

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Amougou, Woodgate, Friend, Thomson (Zemmama 85), Leadbitter, Reach, McEachran, Miller (Jutkiewicz 57), Luke Williams (Carayol 70). Subs not used: Leutwiler, Arca, Hines, Ledesma.

Booked: Miller.

Scorers: Luke Williams 34, Carayol 90.

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Taylor, Drury (Luongo 72), Murphy (Scotland 79), Martin, N'Daw, Chopra (Emmanuel-Thomas 85).Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Hyam, Murray, Ainsley.

Referee: Phil Gibbs.

Attendance: 14,887.

The home side went close after just five minutes when a foul by Michael Chopra on Williams gave the hosts a free-kick wide on the right.

Adam Reach took it and Ishmael Miller's header from 12 yards out was cleared by Aaron Cresswell.

The dangerous Miller came even closer to breaking the deadlock four minutes later when his close-range shot was beaten out by Ipswich keeper Scott Loach.

The visitors were firmly on the back foot early on but made their presence felt after 13 minutes when an inswinging corner from Adam Drury was met by Tommy Smith who forced a save from Jason Steele in the Boro goal.

Paul Taylor and Cresswell went close from distance as Jewell's side achieved territorial parity, and after 25 minutes Chopra's right-footed effort from 18 yards needed to be blocked by Boro's Andre Amougou.

The Tractor Boys went close again two minutes later when a cross by Taylor was tipped over by Steele and from the resulting corner by Drury, Steele was brought into action again to save Smith's close-range header.

But having battled back from Boro's fine start, the visitors found themselves a goal down against the run of play after 34 minutes when Williams shot home from the edge of the penalty area to give Tony Mowbray's men the lead.

Boro went close to doubling their
advantage four minutes later when George Friend's shot from 20 yards
brought a hasty clearance from Luke Chambers.

The men in charge: Boro boss Tony Mowbray (left) and Ipswich manager Paul Jewell (right)

The men in charge: Boro boss Tony Mowbray (left) and Ipswich manager Paul Jewell (right)

The men in charge: Boro boss Tony Mowbray (left) and Ipswich manager Paul Jewell (right)

Mowbray's men picked up where they had left off after the break and Miller's 12-yard effort forced a save from Loach.

Miller, who had taken a knock, was replaced by Lukas Jutkiewicz after 56 minutes and the replacement went close to adding to Boro's tally within four minutes when his left-footed effort was just wide.

But while Boro looked the more threatening side, the Tractor Boys could not be discounted and Steel was forced into action again after 67 minutes when Chopra's right-footed effort from 12 yards was only parried to safety by the Boro keeper.

Ipswich looked threatening and Boro were forced onto the defensive to protect their slender lead as Taylor's 25-yard effort fizzed wide with 15 minutes left.

The visitors continued to press with Carlos Edwards and Taylor in particular looking threatening in the closing stages.

But Carayol had the final word as the home side rode their luck for maximum points.

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB football at Olympic village

Village people! Pearce and his team arrive at what will be home for the next three weeks

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The hosts of the party are in the building!

As athletes from all around the world start filtering through the airports and on to the Olympic Village, Team GB, having made the comparatively shorter journey, have already begun getting settled at the site in London.

The men's football team were one of the first through the doors on Monday, joined by Daniel Sturridge following his bout of viral meningitis.

The 18-man squad, along with manager Stuart Pearce, struck a pose together for the first time ahead of what they hope will be an historic tournament. It is the first time Great Britain have put a team in the competition for more than 40 years.

Team GB men's football

Who
they are: (top row, from the left) Steven Caulker, Jack Buckland, Ryan
Giggs, Craig Dawson, Aaron Ramsey, Jason Steele, manager Stuart Pearce,
Ryan Bertrand, Scott Sinclair, Danny Rose, Craig Bellamy and (bottom
row, from the left) Daniel Sturridge, Tom Cleverley, Jack Cork, Joe
Allen, Neil Taylor, Marvin Sordell, Micah Richards and James Tomkins

Hot on their heels were the women's team, led by Hope Powell and containing some of the planet's best players, including Kelly Smith and Kim Little.

Not everyone had a smooth transition,though.

Two-time world 400 metres hurdles champion Kerron Clement was getting a less than favourable first impression of London on Monday morning as the bus taking him to the Olympic Village struggled to find its destination.

Make yourself at home, we'll look after you: Athletes will be well protected in their new home

Make yourself at home, we'll look after you: Athletes will be well protected in their new home

Make yourself at home, we'll look after you: Athletes will be well protected in their new home in easy reach of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford

The American tweeted: 'Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London. Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please.'

The 26-year-old, who won the world title in 2007 and 2009 before surrendering the crown to Great Britain's Dai Greene in Daegu last year, is the the Olympic silver medallist.

A media shuttle bus also had difficulty finding its destination. The double decker, travelling from Russell Square to the Olympic Park in Stratford, pulled over 30 minutes into its journey.

Don't forget the girls: Hope Powell's team also checked in on Monday as they prepared to take on the rest of the world

Don't forget the girls: Hope Powell's team also checked in on Monday as they prepared to take on the rest of the world

Incoming: Meanwhile some of the first competitors from around the globe began arriving in Britain, including Russian and South Korean

Incoming: Meanwhile some of the first competitors from around the globe began arriving in Britain, including Russian and South Korean

Incoming: Meanwhile some of the first competitors from around the globe began arriving in Britain, including Russian and South Korean

The driver said: 'Sorry about this'. He then got out a map, before performing a U-turn and quickly getting back on the correct route.

USA Track and Field confirmed the American athletes were heading to the Village just to pick up their accreditation before travelling to their pre-Games training camp in Birmingham.

Heathrow expected to welcome a record number of passengers on Monday, and Europe's largest airport says athletes from 50 nations will arrive in what it is describing as Britain's biggest peacetime transport challenge.

Some 236,955 passengers are expected to pass through the airport. The previous record of 233,562 was set in July 2011.

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB men"s football squad revealed

Pearce names Team GB squad with Bellamy and Giggs fronting strong Welsh contingent

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Five Welsh and 13 English players have been selected for Great Britain's men's Olympic squad for London 2012.

Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has not picked any Scottish or Northern Irish players for the tournament.

The announcement of the squad confirmed that David Beckham has missed out with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards named as the three over-age players allowed – all the others have to be under-23.

Going for gold: Team GB men's football boss Stuart Pearce has named his squad for the London 2012 Olympics

Going for gold: Team GB men's football boss Stuart Pearce has named his squad for the London 2012 Olympics

TEAM GB MEN'S 18-MAN SQUAD

Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham); Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).

Swansea have three players named, the
most of any club – Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, while
Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who has also been included, was on
loan at the Liberty Stadium last season.

Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge is also
chosen, as is Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United Tom
Cleverley. Tottenham's Gareth Bale would have been selected but has been
ruled out due to injury.

Pearce said: 'It has not been an easy
task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the
competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance
of every choice I have made.

Golden oldie: Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs

Welsh wonder: Liverpool star Craig Bellamy

Welsh wonders: United veteran Ryan Giggs and Liverpool's Craig Bellamy are two of Pearce's over-age picks

On the ball: Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who launched the Olympics Albert football, is in the squad

On the ball: Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who launched the Olympics Albert football, is in the squad

TEAM GB MEN'S FIXTURES

FRIENDLY
Jul 20: v Brazil (Riverside Stadium), 7.45pm

OLYMPICS
GROUP A

Jul 26: v Senegal (Old Trafford), 7.45pm
Jul 29: v United Arab Emirates (Wembley), 7.45pm
Aug 1: v Uruguay (Millennium Stadium, 7.45pm)

'With just 18 places it is very
different from other international tournaments, the options are limited,
but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be
very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.

'I remember the huge advantage we
gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro 96, and I'm
sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for
us.'

London 2012 will be the first time
that Team GB have competed in the men's football competition since the
1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where they finished third in their group.

National service: Daniel Sturridge is expected to play a central role in the squad

City gent: Micah Richards is one of three over-age players in the squad

Second chance: Sturridge (L) and Richards were both overlooked for Euro 2012 but will play at the Games

Team GB kick off their campaign at
Manchester's Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26, play the United
Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture
against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on August 1.

Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt
said: 'After a 52-year absence from the Olympic Games, it is fantastic
to welcome the men's football squad to Team GB for London 2012.

'Representing your country at the
Olympic Games is a very unique, special experience and I am sure this
talented and determined group of men's footballers will play a full part
as members of Team GB at our home Olympic Games.

Call-up: Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

It's a London thing: Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey is
joined by West Ham and Tottenham defenders James Tomkins and Steven
Caulker (below) in the squad

Hammer time: West Ham defender James Tomkins receives a call-up

Hot Spur: Steven Caulker, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, is included

'The squad selected possesses a good
blend of youth and experience, with 16 of the 18 selected athletes
playing their football at the very highest level in the Premier League
last season.

'In Stuart Pearce they have an
experienced and passionate manager and I am sure the younger players
will learn a lot from their time with Team GB at the Olympic Games.

'Football fans from the across the UK
are regarded worldwide as among the most passionate and knowledgeable
supporters in the world and this summer offers a unique opportunity to
get behind Team GB on home soil. I am confident that this famous vocal
support will drive the young players on to produce many memorable and
inspirational performances at the Olympic Games this summer.'

Missing man: David Beckham revealed last week he was not included in Stuart Pearce's Team GB plans

Missing man: David Beckham revealed last week he was not included in Stuart Pearce's Team GB plans

TEAM GB MEN'S FOOTBALL SQUAD

Hands on: Jack Butland, despite his involvement at Euro 2012, is set to be Pearce's first-choice goalkeeper

JACK BUTLAND (Birmingham)
The only player in England's European Championship squad to be given
special dispensation for the Olympics. Butland (right) starred as England Under-21s' No 1 for the past year.

JASON STEELE (Middlesbrough)
Butland's understudy at England Under-21 level. Established himself as Middlesbrough's first-choice goalkeeper last season.

MICAH RICHARDS (Manchester City)
Picked ahead of David Beckham as the third over-age player despite
snubbing chance to be on standby for England's Euro 2012 squad.

CRAIG DAWSON (West Brom)
Has made a real name for himself at under-21 level as a goalscoring
centre-back but yet to firmly establish himself at West Brom.

JAMES TOMKINS (West Ham)
A regular in under-21 squads, Tomkins is also a regular at the heart of
West Ham's defence and was key to their Barclays Premier League return.

STEVEN CAULKER (Tottenham)
Centre-back impressed on loan at Swansea last season and has a handful
of England Under-21 caps. But only one appearance for parent club
Tottenham.

RYAN BERTRAND (Chelsea)
Shot to fame by becoming the first player to make his Champions League
debut in the final itself. The left-back is seen as the successor to
Ashley Cole at Chelsea.

NEIL TAYLOR (Swansea)
Wales left-back (below), who can also play in midfield and has been part of Swansea's remarkable rise under Brendan Rodgers.

Swansea star Neil Taylor

RYAN GIGGS (Manchester United)
Legendary midfielder who will cap his career with the major international tournament he so richly deserves.

AARON RAMSEY (Arsenal)
Like Giggs, the Arsenal midfielder and current Wales captain is good
enough to star on the biggest stage. Who is to say whether he will get
another chance with Wales

TOM CLEVERLEY (Manchester United)
Has appeared jinxed when it comes to making his England debut after
being forced to pull out of more than one squad. Midfielder could be a
key to Team GB's chances.

Danny Rose, Tottenham Hotspur

JOE ALLEN (Swansea)
Wales midfielder who has been central to Swansea's much-feted passing game.

JACK CORK (Southampton)
Midfielder failed to make the grade at Chelsea but was key in
Southampton's Premier League promotion after finally being cut loose.
Also an England Under-21 regular.

DANNY ROSE (Tottenham)
Has struggled to kick on from a stunning goal on his Premier League
debut against Arsenal. But Rose's (right) explosive pace will give Great Britain
another option out wide.

SCOTT SINCLAIR (Swansea)
Another who has flourished after being let go by Chelsea. Can play up
front and out wide and is another quickie who also has an eye for a
goal.

CRAIG BELLAMY (Liverpool)
The final over-age player and fifth Welshman in the squad, Bellamy still
has pace to burn at 32 and is a tireless front-runner and good
finisher.

DANIEL STURRIDGE (Chelsea)
Blew his chance of getting into England's Euro 2012 squad with a poor
second half to the season. But is arguably the most skilful English
player of his generation.

MARVIN SORDELL (Bolton)
Probably the biggest surprise in the squad but has impressed up front
for England Under-21s and was good enough for Watford to persuade Bolton
to buy him in January.