Gareth Southgate selected a 4-4-2 formation, with Afonso Alves and Tuncay up front, Ross Turnbull getting the nod in goal and Josh Walker alongside Didier Digard in central midfield.
In the absence of several senior players Stewart Downing was given the honour of captaining his hometown club for the first time.
HalfTime - Sparta 1 Boro 5
Sparta - Anorld
Boro - Alves(2) Aliadiere,Walker,Downing.
FullTime - Sparta 1 Boro 6
Sparta - Arnold
Boro - Alves(2) Aliadiere,Walker,Downing.Williams
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Sparta Rotterdam: Wapenaar, Vermes, Poepon, Slot, Dissels, Jaggy, Touzani, John, Ngalula (Falkenburg 46), Ritjes, Wilusz. Subs: Varkevisser, Van Bueren, Rose, Duplan, Toet, Freire, Godee.
Boro: Turnbull (Jones 46), Williams (McMahon), Taylor, Walker (Johnson A), Huth, Wheater, Aliadiere (Emnes), Digard, Alves, Tuncay (Owens), Downing (Capt). Subs not used: Grounds, Bennett.Referee: Mr Luinge.Referee: Mr Luinge.
Looks we got new engine in middle.Digard looks well in centre. Alves has shown us his ability. perhap we can maintain momentum when face New Spurs on 16 Aug 08.