England to face Australia in Euro 2016 warm-up friendly


England will face Australia in a friendly at Sunderland's Stadium of Light on May 27 as they warm up for Euro 2016.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Friday confirmed the fixture, which will mark the first meeting between the two sides since Australia's 3-1 win at Upton Park in 2003.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said: "We are excited to have secured this friendly against England as they are preparing for the 2016 European Championships.

"We have stated that we want to continue progressing as a football nation so we can challenge the best teams in the world and England was strong in qualifying for the Euros.

"This is another opportunity for the players to step up against a big football nation and show that our journey to make an impact on world football is heading in the right direction.

"We will face England in their backyard and we will take the game to them so we have a guide as to how we are progressing."