North Korea on stand-by for Middlesbrough ladies

Middlesbrough Ladies are heading to Pyongyang, with the assistance of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, reports the Guardian.

A club statement said: "This is a unique visit as it is rare indeed for overseas football teams to visit North Korea."

The last English club to be represented in Kim Jong-il's homeland were Notts County in October 2009, whose then director of football was Sven-Goran Eriksson.