Australia will play Singapore later this month in a lead-up match to their FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against China, Football Federation Australia said on Friday.
The Socceroos will have a five-day camp in Singapore and take on the Singapore national team on 22 March, four days before their qualifier with the Chinese in Kunming.
Coach Pim Verbeek said he will give Australia's A-League players an opportunity to press their claims for inclusion in the squad to play China in the friendly.
"We want to play as many matches as we can against teams from Asia and, with Singapore also in the process of attempting to qualify for the World Cup, it is a perfect opponent for us," Verbeek said in a statement.
The FFA said it was unlikely many of Australia's European-based stars would play in the Singapore match as they will be playing for their clubs on the same weekend.
"This match will give valuable experience to A-League players and will be another important part of our programme to keep them fit during the off-season," Verbeek said.
"Once the match is over I will then decide who will make the final squad for the trip to China."
Verbeek said he came away with plenty of information from a recent trip to China, where he saw the Chinese national team in action.
"China played in a strong tournament, so it was valuable for me to be able to see them play," he said.
"They have stayed in camp and have already moved to Kunming to continue their preparations so the match against Singapore is vital for us."