Socceroos could face Italy or England in World Cup send-off match

The Socceroos are set for a potential blockbuster clash with either Italy or England as a send-off before their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.

Football Federation Australia are currently considering their options with the likes of four-time World Cup champions Italy, along with England in the frame.

Italy, who incredibly failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, would appear the more likely option while the Netherlands, who also won't feature at football's showpiece event, are in the mix as well.

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However, when asked about the potential of facing rivals England, FFA CEO David Gallop confirmed "it would be a sure-fire blockbuster".

Usual suspects Melbourne and Sydney are set to fight it out to host the clash, while Perth are also said to be in the frame, particularly due to the reduced travel time from Europe.

"March is the next opportunity and off the back of this week it would make sense to look for a big opponent to be played in Australia," Gallop told The Sunday Times

“The chance is there for State governments and stadiums to put their best foot forward and bid for the game.

“Unashamedly we need a good ­financial result but pitch quality and travel are important too. 

"The new stadium at Perth will be brilliant and the travel distance is advantageous for European nations and our own players who play there. 



The potential blockbuster clash is set to be played early next year, with a FIFA window from March 19-27 set aside for international friendlies.


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Published 20 November 2017 at 7:17pm
Source: SBS The World Game