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Socceroos to play Canada

4 September 2013-SBS EXCLUSIVE: Dave Lewis

Date... The Socceroos will take on Canada on Wednesday 16 October (AEST). (Getty)

Date... The Socceroos will take on Canada on Wednesday 16 October (AEST). (Getty)

Australia coach Holger Osieck will have another chance to assess his squad on 16 October, with the Socceroos to play an international against Canada in London.

The match is likely to be staged at English Premier League club Fulham’s home ground, Craven Cottage, where the Socceroos played against Norway, New Zealand and Nigeria in 2004, 2005 and 2007 respectively.

Australia met Canada in a FIFA 1994 World Cup qualifier over two legs in 1993, with Mark Schwarzer, on debut for the suspended Robert Zabica, emerging as the hero of the penalty shootout which sent Australia into an elimination tie with Argentina.

The international against Canada, which Osieck coached to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2000, represents another chance for a number of fringe players to press their claim for a spot in the Socceroos squad to contest the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The likes of Tom Rogic, James Holland, Ryan McGowan and Mitch Duke are expected to see some game time against Brazil on Sunday (AEST) and France on 12 October (AEST).

The World Game understands Australia’s players have been told that the match is locked in with Osieck likely to use the same squad which takes on France.

While the Socceroos in preparation to play Brazil this weekend, Canada’s newly-appointed coach, Spaniard Benito Floro, takes his side to Valencia for a double header against north-African nation Mauritania, his first games in charge.

Canada cannot qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but boasts some talented players including Samuel Piette (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Marcel de Jong (FC Augsburg), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Iain Hume (Preston North End).

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