Socceroos to take on Kuwait in October friendly

The green and gold have finally booked in a match during the next international window

The Socceroos have added a third match to their 2019 Asian Cup preparations, taking on Kuwait in the Middle East during the October international window.

The match against the 159th team in FIFA's rankings will take place at a yet-to-be determined venue in Kuwait City on October 15 - after the team complete a training camp in the United Arab Emirates.

Coach Graham Arnold says the friendly, which will be his first match in charge of the national team since taking over from Bert van Marwijk, will be important for the team to start developing and learning his style of play.

"During our recent training camp in Turkey we worked hard to add attacking layers to the strong defensive base the Socceroos had at this year’s (FIFA) World Cup," Arnold said.

"The fresh faces in camp did exceptionally well, they added a lot of energy to the training sessions and plenty of enthusiasm.

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"Next month’s camp in the UAE, which will conclude with our friendly against Kuwait, will provide us with the chance to develop our play further and put our new style into a game situation.

"The players understand what we need to achieve and it was valuable to have the time with them in Turkey, without the pressure of a game, so I am confident that we will take further strides forward during the October window."

The green and gold's last match versus Kuwait was a 4-1 win in their opening group stage match at the 2015 Asian Cup in Melbourne.

Australia will also have friendlies against South Korea in Brisbane (November 17) and Lebanon in Sydney (November 20) in the lead up the team's Asian Cup defence - which begins against Jordan on January 6.