The Socceroos have scrapped plans to play England and the United States in London next month because of COVID-19 fears.
Australia was in line to replace New Zealand – who had previously pulled out – as an opponent for England in a November friendly at Wembley.
The Socceroos were also expected to meet the USA next month in a friendly in England.
However, Football Federation Australia on Thursday announced the matches, as well as proposed camps in Europe next month for the Socceroos and the Matildas squads, were off.
“Over past months, FFA has undertaken scenario planning for numerous match and/or training camp options in Europe for both the Socceroos and Matildas to enable the players, together with their coaches and support staff, to assemble in the final FIFA window of 2020,” FFA said in a statement.
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“Regrettably, the ongoing and worsening COVID-19 landscape across Europe has provided complexities and risks to assemble players from across Europe and Asia and, following the latest advice from medical professionals, FFA will not be proceeding with activities in Europe at this time.
“As of late last week, plans for the Socceroos to play two international friendly matches in London next month were well advanced, and were close to being announced.
“The proposed fixtures were in line with FFA’s ambition … to play top global opponents to maximise player exposure and capture the hearts and minds of fans.
“FFA is committed to ensuring Australia’s national teams at all levels return to action as soon as possible, however ensuring the health and wellbeing of players and staff remains FFA’s foremost priority.”
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