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Socceroos to face Colombia in London friendly in March

Australia will play Colombia in London as part of their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The match will be played at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham, in west London, on March 27, four days after the Socceroos' friendly against Norway in Oslo.

Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop said the fixture against Colombia would provide the Socceroos' incoming head coach with "a good challenge against strong South American opposition leading into the FIFA World Cup."

"We believe that we have managed to put together a strong set of matches for our soon-to-be-appointed head coach to cast his eye over the squad, and continue to prepare our players for Russia," Gallop said.

Australia will face Colombia after playing Norway in Oslo.

The Socceroos have played Colombia previously three times in friendly fixtures.

In 1995, the teams played twice in Australia, a 0-0 draw in Brisbane and a 1-0 victory for Colombia in Sydney.

In 2001, Colombia hosted the Socceroos at the Nemesio Camacho Stadium in Bogota. Colombia led 3-0 before late goals by Steve Corica and Scott Chipperfield ensured the fixture finished 3-2.

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