England seeking Socceroos friendly boost

The FA are looking to book a potential morale-booster against easy-beats Australia if Roy Hodgson's men can book their spot at the World Cup in Brazil
England are seeking to line-up a friendly against Australia in November, according to reports in British newspaper The Mirror.

Roy Hodgson's team are on the verge of booking their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil - a victory in their final group game at home to Poland on Tuesday will guarantee a spot in the tournament.

According to the report, if the Three Lions qualify, the English Football Association will look to organise two friendlies in November, one against heavyweight opposition and the other against Australia.

Traditionally the fiercest of rivals in cricket and rugby, Australia's most recent football meeting with England ended in a famous 3-1 win for the Socceroos.

Goals from Tony Popovic, Brett Emerton and John Aloisi secured the upset victory at Upton Park in February 2003.

A decade later and the Socceroos have qualified for their third successive World Cup, but are reeling from successive 6-0 thrashings at the hands of Brazil and France, results which cost Holger Osieck his job as national team coach.

An FA spokesman was quoted by SBS as saying: "Our match agent correctly looks at the international match calendar and assesses what opponents are out there however at this stage the preference is to play games in Australia during the November window."

The match would take place on either November 16 or 20.

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