EXPAT Aussies could get a chance to see the Socceroos in action against a world powerhouse in October.
It has been reported a deal is close to being finalised for the Socceroos to play a friendly against France in Europe on either 12 or 16 October.
Depending on the location of the friendly, it could mean either a relatively short tube or Eurostar/coach ride for local fans keen to attend the game.
SBS’s The World Game website believes there could be a second friendly against another European nation scheduled in the same month during the double FIFA match window, but details remain unclear.
Australia last met France — the 1998 World Cup winners – in 2001, beating them 1-0 at the Confederations Cup in the Korea Republic.
Later that year, the sides played out a 1-1 draw in Melbourne ahead of the first leg of the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.
News of the likely France friendly follows on from the announcement of a blockbuster friendly between the Socceroos and Confederations Cup winners and World Cup hosts Brazil on September 8 (AEST) in Brazil.
The friendly has been listed on the FIFA website’s official fixture list, and is set to take place in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia.
Brazil and Australia’s last encounter was in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, which Brazil won 2-0.
(Image: File photo Socceroos)