The Socceroos have announced that they will play World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium in September.
The Red Devils are currently ranked 11th in the world and were eliminated by the eventual runners-up Argentina.
Australian manager Ange Postecoglou said in a statement that the friendly means Australian football is progressing in the right direction.
“Our performances in Brazil at the World Cup reaffirmed that we are moving in the right direction, but it also showed we need to improve if we want to be regarded as one of the leading football nations, which is our ultimate target,” he said.
Postecoglou’s men will play against Saudi Arabia in London four days later before playing friendlies against the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in the lead-up to the Asian Cup. This kicks off on January 9 with Australia playing against Kuwait. – Chris Matthews-Darby
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