Middlesbrough’s UEFA Cup heroes – where are they now?

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James Morrison announced his retirement from playing on Tuesday but what happened to the rest of Middlesbrough's starting XI from the 2006 UEFA Cup final?

Former Scotland international Morrison was only a teenager when he started for Boro in the final and although it ended in a 4-0 defeat to Sevilla, reaching the showpiece European contest has to go down as one of the biggest moments in the club’s history, but who else was involved on that memorable night?

Goalkeeper – Mark Schwarzer

Australian Schwarzer spent 11 years with Boro, making 445 appearances and he is arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the club’s history.

The now 47-year-old went on to play in another European final for Fulham just four years later, while he was also part of Premier League title winning squads at Chelsea and Leicester before hanging up his gloves in 2016.

Right-back – Stuart Parnaby

This match was arguably the highlight of academy graduate Parnaby’s career as he left Boro the following summer to join Birmingham.

Injuries disrupted the former England Under-21 international’s career. Despite returning for a second spell at Boro in 2012, he was forced to retire from playing in 2015 following a short stint with Hartlepool.

Centre-back – Gareth Southgate

Southgate captained Boro during the final in what turned out to be his final match as a professional as he then succeeded Steve McClaren as the club’s manager that summer.

His time in charge of Boro was not very memorable but he has since worked his way through the England youth ranks and of course is now the senior manager of the Three Lions, guiding them to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

Centre-back – Chris Riggott

Not as memorable as his central defensive partner that night, but Riggott still spent seven years with Boro although a large part of his time at the Riverside Stadium was on the treatment table.

Indeed, the 2005-06 season was Riggott’s most productive in a Boro shirt, as he featured 42 times across all competitions.

The now 39-year-old eventually left the club in 2010 and retired two years later following forgettable spells at Cardiff, Derby and Burton Albion.

Left-back – Franck Queudrue

French full-back Queudrue was a popular figure with supporters at the Riverside although this turned out to be his final appearance for the club as he joined Fulham that summer.

A spell at Birmingham followed before he returned to his native France in 2010, retiring three years later.

Right midfield – James Morrison

Morrison is more known as a central midfielder bu played on the right in this match, which came 15 days before his 20th birthday.

The academy product left Boro in 2007 and spent the rest of his career at West Brom before being released this summer and subsequently retiring.

The 33-year-old also won 46 caps during a nine-year international career with Scotland.

Central midfield – George Boateng

Already an experienced campaigner by 2006, former Dutch international Boateng spent six years with Boro before joining Hull in 2008.

Spells in Greece and Malaysa, as well as at Nottingham Forest, followed for Boateng, who retired from playing in 2013 and now works as head coach of Aston Villa’s Under-18s.

Central midfield – Fabio Rochemback

If Boateng was the midfield enforcer, Rochemback provided the South American guile.

Big things were expected of the Brazilian when he was at Barcelona as a 20-year-old in 2001 but it never really worked out for him at the Camp Nou and he joined Boro, following a loan spell, in 2005.

Rochemback spent three years at the Riverside before leaving for Sporting Lisbon in 2008. His career fizzled out from their and he retired in 2014.

Left midfield – Stewart Downing

Following Morrison’s retirement, former England international Downing is the only member of the 2006 starting line-up still playing.

The 35-year-old made over 400 appearances during two separate spells with Boro, the second of which only came to an end when he joined Blackburn this summer.

Downing also counts Liverpool, Aston Villa and West Ham among his list of former clubs and he capped a memorable 2005-06 season by forming part of England’s squad for the 2006 World Cup.

Centre-forward – Mark Viduka

The second Australian in the team, forward Viduka’s time at the Riverside was not quite as long as compatriot Schwarzer’s but he still scored plenty of goals although he was perhaps past his best by this point.

Viduka went on to join Boro’s north-east rivals Newcastle the following summer before hanging up his boots in 2009.

Centre-forward – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Like strike partner Viduka, former Chelsea, Leeds and Atletico Madrid forward Hasselbaink was already past his best by this point but was still a regular scorer during Boro’s run to the final.

Hasselbaink joined Charlton soon after the UEFA Cup final, where he suffered relegation from the Premier League, before retiring in 2008 after helping Cardiff to the FA Cup final.

Manager – Steve McClaren

This was arguably the high point of McClaren’s managerial career (certainly in England), with the former Manchester United assistant taking over from Sven-Goran Eriksson as England boss that summer.

However, McClaren’s England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and he was subsequently sacked after being dubbed the “Wally with the Brolly”.

McClaren did enjoy success abroad with Twente and Wolfsburg but has since failed to deliver at Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and during two separate spells with Derby.

The 58-year-old’s last job was with Queens Park Rangers, where he was sacked earlier this year after less than a year in charge.

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