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Australia to meet Ecuador in March friendly

The Australian national team will meet Ecuador in an international friendly next month.

The Socceroos will take on their fellow World Cup qualifiers at The Den in south London, home of Championship club Millwall.

The fixture will take place on Wednesday March 5 (Thursday March 6 AEDT) and will serve as preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"We're excited to have secured the match against Ecuador, which offers us a good test against South American opposition leading into the World Cup," Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou said.

"We have tried to secure opponents for the games leading into the World Cup to replicate the type of football we are expecting to face in Brazil and playing Ecuador gives us some quality South American opposition ahead of the first group stage match against Chile.

"This is also the last match we will play before we get together in May for our final World Cup preparations so it's important that we can build on the first positive steps we took in the match against Costa Rica late last year."

The clash with Ecuador, ranked 23 in the world, will be the first meeting between the two nations at full international level.

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