As preparations for the 2014 World Cup ramp up, the Socceroos have confirmed they will play Canada in an international friendly on October 15.

The match will be played at Craven Cottage - the home pitch of English Premier League Club Fulham FC - just four days after Australia plays France.

Head coach Holger Osieck says it is vital for his young Australian side to get experience against international opponents ahead of next year's World Cup in Brazil.

"The opportunity came up to play Canada on the second FIFA match date in October after we play France on the Friday evening in Paris," said Osieck

"For us it is important to play as many international matches as possible in the lead-up to the World Cup."

Osieck will have added motivation to beat the North Americans as he coached them to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2000.

Canada is currently ranked 91 in the FIFA world rankings having lost its last 11 matches and the clash with the Socceroos comes almost exactly one year after the Canadians' last victory - against Cuba in World Cup qualifying.

It will be the ninth match between Canada and Australia at senior men's international level. Australia was Canada's first official A-International opponent in 1924.

 

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