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The tough tests are set to come thick and fast for Holger Osieck's team, with a game away to France following a month after the friendly against Brazil

Football Federation Australia have confirmed the Socceroos will play a friendly against France in October, meaning some A-League clubs could be set to lose key men for the opening round of the A-League season.

The match will be held at the Parc de Princes in Paris on Friday October 11, with Socceroos coach Holger Osieck using the friendly as valuable practice ahead of next year's World Cup in Brazil.

"We need to play top quality international opponents as we have to get challenged on this level," Osieck said.

"This will be another great experience for our team and myself, as it gives me a good indication where we stand right now compared to the top countries in the world and what our focus has to be to raise our standard."

France are ranked 23rd in the FIFA world rankings, but are sure to give the 46th-ranked Socceroos a tough time given they have are able to call on high quality players such as Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Real Madrid star Karim Benzema and Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

It will be the second glamour friendly the Socceroos will play in the coming months, following their match against Brazil on September 7.

Confirmation of the high-profile fixture is unlikely to please all A-League clubs, with some teams set to lose key players for the opening round of the A-League campaign if they are selected by Osieck.

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