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Real escape with hope of progress

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Real escape with hope of progress

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By ESPN Staff

Australia hoping for England friendly date

Australia's football bosses are hoping England may agree to play a friendly international down under next spring.

The Football Federation Australia believe England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008 may have provided the opportunity to arrange the fixture.

The proposed Australia-England clash would be played in either Sydney or Melbourne, with May the most likely month.

FFA director Phil Wolanski said: 'Nothing has been signed off, as far as I am aware, but there are various negotiations and discussions going on at any one stage.

'When they are planning their international programme the boys (at the FFA) are looking at who's available and where and when.

'Considering England are out of 'Euro', their calendar would be looking very different to what it normally would be. Australia-England is always an attractive match in any sport.'

Former England captain David Beckham, currently in Australia with his club Los Angeles Galaxy, reluctantly recalled his country's last meeting with the Socceroos - a 3-1 defeat in February 2003.

'For England, when you're wearing an England shirt, there is no friendly game, especially when it's against Australia,' he said.

'There's rivalries all the way through sport with England and Australia, with the cricket and the rugby.

'That was a big game for us; we took it seriously and we lost out in the end. They played very well.'