It's 18 years since the Three Lions last stepped out onto Teesside turf.
During the construction of the new Wembley Stadium, England were on the road, and in the summer of 2003 headed to the north east.
The England men’s team had played at Ayresome Park three times 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 a Euro 2004 qualifier.
The match pitted two Boro players against each other. Current England boss 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.