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Soccer: England v Australia friendly preview

Australia get the chance to showcase their talents against the might of England when the two sides clash in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday.

Graham Arnold’s side showed what they are capable of when making it to the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, before being edged out 2-1 to eventual winners Argentina.

Now they will be out to show that was no fluke, by upsetting an England side that is blessed with some of the best players in world football.

History shows that the Socceroos can upset England on their own turf, and they will be looking to do so again at the weekend.

Let’s take a look at the eagerly anticipated international friendly between the two sides.

WhatEngland v Australia
WhereWembley Stadium, London
When04:45 (AEST), Saturday 14th October 2023
How to watchNetwork 10
OddsEngland 1.20, Draw 7.00, Australia 12.00

Recent meetings

Australia and England last played each other way back in 2016 and it was the hosts who ran out narrow 2-1 winners at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

However, the game that lives long in the memory for Australians is the 3-1 victory over England 20 years ago at West Ham’s Upton Park.

The home side that day included the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Sol Campbell, Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand, but the Socceroos still managed to get the job done.

Goals from Tony Popovic, Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton capped a memorable night for the Socceroos.

Team news

It goes without saying that Arnold is taking the game very seriously and will put out his strongest side as they look to get one over the old enemy.

He has, however, been hit by some disappointing news heading into the game as Riley McGree, who plays his football in England with Middlesbrough, has been ruled out with a foot injury.

The loss of the star midfielder is a big blow and Arnold has called up Aiden O’Neill of Standard Liege as his replacement.

England also have one injury issue of note, as Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has been ruled out of the clash with a hamstring injury.

The Three Lions have opted against calling up a replacement and go with a 25-man squad for the clash.

Australia squad

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Thomas Glover, Andrew Redmayne
Defenders: Aziz Behich, Jordan Bos, Cameron Burgess, Alessandro Circati, Milos Degenek, Lewis Miller, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Ryan Strain
Midfielders: Aiden O’Neill, Keanu Baccus, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Connor Metcalfe
Forwards: Brandon Borrello, Martin Boyle, Mitchell Duke, Craig Goodwin, Awer Mabil, Sam Silvera

Bellingham the one to watch

England midfielder Jude Bellingham is the man of the moment as he continues to shine for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Bellingham has managed to score 10 goals in his first 10 games for Real, all from central midfield and the Socceroos will face a tough job trying to contain him.

The midfielder is priced at 3.40 to grab a goal at anytime in the game at Wembley.

Mitchell Duke could be the Socceroos’ biggest threat in front of goal, and he can be backed at 17.00 to score the first of the game.

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