England U21 2-1 Austria Under-21, October 1995

The Young Lions were welcomed to a box-fresh Riverside Stadium for this, the first international football match on Teesside since the World Cup in 1966.

England's side contained the likes of Sol Campbell, Nicky Butt and Robbie Fowler as well as Boro's own Jamie Pollock, who would be replaced in the game by David Beckham.

Fowler put England ahead in the game after 18 minutes, with Neil Shipperley netting the winner after Austria had briefly levelled.

England: Oakes, Watson, Elliott, Campbell, Roberts, Unsworth, Butt, Pollock (Beckham), Shipperley, Bart-Williams (Holland), Fowler.

England U21 6-1 Georgia U21, August 2000

The Riverside's first international fixture of this Millennium saw a second visit from England's U21s, who recorded a thumping friendly win over Georgia.

Boro's Robbie Stockdale (later a full Scotland international) and Andy Campbell were introduced from the bench, while future Boro stars Jonathan Greening and Luke Young also featured.

England: Robinson, Newton (Stockdale), A.Cole (Smith), Bramble (Wright), Young (Carlisle), Dunn (Prutton), Greening (Campbell), Jeffers (Chadwick), Vassell (Thirlwell), J.Cole (Parker), Carrick (Hargreaves).

England U21 5-0 Albania U21, September 2001

Another match for England's U21s, who were making Teesside a home-from-home in the early '00s with another resounding win.

Jonathan Greening, by now a Boro player, put in a goalscoring turn at the Riverside, while his fellow summer signing from Manchester United, Mark Wilson, also impressed in this European Championship qualifier.

England: Taylor, Wright, Bridge, Davis (Wilson), King, Barry, Greening, Parker (Pennant), Jeffers, Defoe, Chadwick (Johnson).

England 2-1 Slovakia, June 2003

During the construction of the new Wembley Stadium, the Three Lions were on the road.

The England men’s team had thrice played at Ayresome Park in the early 20th century, but had not appeared on Teesside in 65 years when Sven Goran Eriksson’s side came to the Riverside to face Slovakia in European Championship qualifying.

The match pitted two Boro players against each other. Now manager of the side, Gareth Southgate was in the white of England. Striker Szilard Nemeth, who had scored for the Slovakians in the return fixture the previous year, was up front for the visitors. Danny Mills, who would join Boro on loan later that summer, also featured.

In front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000, England fell behind when Vladimir Janocko’s floated free kick wasn’t dealt with by David James and drifted in at the far post to give the away side the lead.

Michael Owen, who was given the captain’s armband in the absence of David Beckham, marked his 50th appearance for England by calmly restoring parity from the penalty spot before nodding in the winner from Steven Gerrard’s cross.

England: James, Mills (Hargreaves 43), Upson, Southgate, Ashley Cole, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Phil Neville, Rooney (Vassell 57), Owen. Subs Not Used: Robinson, Bridge, Terry, Joe Cole, Heskey.

Slovakia: Konig, Petras, Zabavnik, Demo (Mintal 55), Hanek, Zeman, Vladimir Labant (Debnar 39), Janocko, Michalik, Nemeth (Reiter 75), Vittek. Subs Not Used: Rezeszoto, Karhan, Kisel, Kozlej.

England U21 3-1 Ukraine U21s, August 2004

Peter Taylor's side prevailed on this summer evening on Teesside thanks to two goals from Carlton Cole and a third from Darren Bent. 

Boro youngster Stewart Downing was in England's ranks, while future Boro teammates Justin Hoyte and Gary O'Neil were also involved - as well as Matthew Kilgallon, who'd later see a spell with the club on loan.

England: Carson, Hunt (Hoyte), Richards (Harding), Ferdinand, Kilgallon, Milner (Bent), Pennant, O'Neil, Cole (Ashton), Stead (Whittingham), Downing (Reo-Coker).

England U21 2-0 Azerbaijan U21, March 2005

The U21s maintained their excellent record on Teesside in this Euro qualifier, Dean Ashton and Jon Welsh scoring the goals.

England: Carson, Rosenior, Whittingham, Welsh, Davenport, Taylor, Milner, Huddlestone, Bent (Ambrose), Ashton (Stead), Richardson (Routledge).

England U21 4-0 Belgium U21, February 2012

After seven years away from the Riverside, England's U21s returned for an emphatic victory over Belgium in qualifying for the European Championships.

The Red Devils had beaten Stuart Pearce's side the previous November on home soil, but there was to be no such result this time around thanks to goals from Henri Lansbury (2), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Steven Caulker.

Josh McEachran, in England's midfield that night, would join Boro on loan from Chelsea the subsequent summer, while several others would make a return to the Riverside with Team GB in preparation for the Olympics later that year.

England: Butland, Kelly, Rose, McEachran, Caulker, Dawson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Sordell (Keane), Lansbury (Gardner), Zaha (Shelvey).

Team GB 0-0 Sweden | Team GB 0-2 Brazil, July 2012

In the lead-up to the London Olympics in 2012, Team GB’s men’s and women’s football teams both played preparation matches at the Riverside.

As host nation, the United Kingdom had gained a right to participate in the football event. Since 1992, this had been an Under-23 competition in the men’s category, while women’s football was added to the roster in 1996.

Largely due to the unique status of the UK’s home nations as individual footballing entities, Team GB hadn’t appeared at the Olympics since 1960.

But an exception was made for the London games, though the men’s team was exclusively English and Welsh players, with English and Scottish players making up the women’s squad.

First up in the warm-up double header at the Riverside was Hope Powell’s Team GB women pitted against Sweden, Rachel Yankey coming closest to making the breakthrough when she hit the post in a battling 0-0 draw.

Team GB: Bardsley (Brown 46), A Scott, Stoney (Rafferty 84), Dieke (Bradley 63), Houghton, J Scott, Asante (F Williams 46), Aluko, Little, White (Yankey 46); Smith (Carney 63). Subs not used: R Williams, Higgins, Susi, Ross, Clarke.

Sweden: Lindahl, Svensson (Nilsson 46), Berglund, Sembrant, Thunebro; Asllani (Goransson 66), Dahlkvist (Almgren 59), Fischer, M Hammarstrom (Edlund 66), Seger, Jakobsson (Moberg 82). Subs not used: Lundgren, Levenstad, Segerstrom, Landstrom, K Hammarstrom.

Then, the Team GB men - managed by Stuart Pearce - came up against their Brazilian counterparts, and were beaten 2-0 in an entertaining game.

Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele played the first half at the Riverside for Team GB, who had Craig Bellamy, Ryan Giggs and Micah Richards as three permitted overage players.

Brazil’s line-up included Rafael da Silva, twin brother of future Boro defender Fabio, as well as the likes of Thiago Silva, Neymar and Hulk.

Team GB: Steele (Butland 46), Bertrand (Sinclair 49), Richards (Dawson 74), Tomkins (Caulker 46), Taylor, Cleverley, Allen, Giggs (Ramsey 63), Rose, Bellamy (Sordell 64),Sturridge (Cork 46).

Brazil: Rafael, Da Silva, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo (Alex Sandro 80), Sandro (Danilo 85), Romulo, Oscar (Lucas 68), Hulk (Ganso 68), Neymar, Leandro Damiao (Alexandre Pato 74). Subs not used: Neto, Bruno Uvini.

England U21 3-2 Germany U21, March 2015

The Young Lions came from behind twice to win this friendly on a rain-soaked evening on Teesside.

There were a couple of familiar faces at the Riverside, with former captain and manager Gareth Southgate at the helm for England, and defender Ben Gibson included in the starting line-up. Loan man Patrick Bamford had also made the squad, but was forced to withdraw with injury.

Watched by more than 30,000 fans, Philipp Hofman put the visitors in front before Jesse Lingard levelled things up for the Young Lions.

Hofman was on target again in the second half, but Nathan Redmond equalised again with 80 on the clock before James Ward-Prowse won it for England minutes later.

England: Bond, Jenkinson, Stones, Gibson (Keane), Garbutt, Ward-Prowse (c), Forster-Caskey Chambers), Redmond, Hughes (Pritchard), Lingard, Ings. Subs not used: Woodrow, Bettinelli, Moore.

Germany: Ter Stegen, Korb, Ginter, Knoche, Gunter, Leitner (c) (Ganbry), Can, Bittencourt (Kimmich), Meyer (Schulz), Younes (Malli), Hofmann. Subs not used: Orban, Geis, Klaus, Zimmer, Karius, Horn. 

England U21 3-1 Scotland U21, October 2017

England claimed the bragging rights over their Scottish rivals in a European Championship qualifier at the Riverside four years ago.

As with the U21s’ last visit, a Boro Academy graduate was in the heart of defence, with Dael Fry wearing the captain’s armband for England. Jack Harrison, who would later sign for Boro on loan, made his first Riverside appearance from the bench, which was also his Young Lions debut.

A sensational strike from Josh Onomah set Aidy Boothroyd’s team on the path to victory, with Tammy Abraham doubling the lead in the second half.

Chris Cadden pulled on back for the Scots, but Dominic Solanke restored the two-goal advantage within 60 seconds of the restart.

England: Gunn, Alexander-Arnold, Fry (c), Gomez, Walker-Peters, Cook, Onomah, Gray (Kenny 71), Solanke (Lookman 84) Calvert-Lewin, Abraham (Harrison 88). Subs not used: Woodman, Dowell, Davies, Tomori.

Scotland: Fulton, Smith, Souttar, McKenna, Taylor, Thomas (Williamson 67), Campbell, Mallan (Docherty 82), Morgan, Cadden, Burke (c) (McBurnie 45) Subs not used: Kerr, Ruddy, Miller, McCrorie.

England Women 1-2 Brazil Women, October 2019

Head coach Phil Neville hailed 'the best atmosphere [he'd] ever seen at a women's game' as 29,238 fans - a record home crowd for the Lionesses away from Wembley - came to cheer on England's women against Brazil.

Bethany England scored her first goal for her country, but it was Brazil that emerged as 2-1 winners. 

England: Earps, Bronze, Houghton (c), Williamson, Greenwood, Scott, Walsh, Parris (Staniforth), Nobbs (Dalyat), Mead, Taylor (England)