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    Socceroos at full strength for Norway clash
    7:35 PM October 25

    Socceroos coach Frank Farina says he expects most of his big guns who missed this month's Confederations Cup qualifiers through injury to be available to play Norway in a friendly international in London next month.

    Farina says the Socceroos will be strengthened by their European-based stars when they take on the Norwegians at Fulham's Craven Cottage on November 16.

    "This will be an important match for us as we continue our build-up for next year's Confederations Cup and World Cup qualifiers," he said in a statement.

    "I expect Norway to provide very strong opposition with many of their players competing in Europe's best leagues.

    "The vast majority of our players who missed the matches against Solomon Islands through injury will be available again for selection and we hope that we can provide a great spectacle for the crowd."

    Regular captain Craig Moore, Mark Viduka, Marco Bresciano, Tim Cahill, John Aloisi and Stan Lazaridis all missed the two matches against the Solomons through injury, although Liverpool's Harry Kewell played one half of the Sydney match as he was restricted by injury.

    Norway, who qualified for the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and are 37th in the FIFA world rankings, will be tough opponents for Australia, who are looking for hard matches ahead of next year's qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

    Australia and Norway have only met once before at senior level, with the Socceroos winning 1-0 in Sydney in January 1997.

    The Socceroos' next scheduled match will be against South Africa in Durban on February 9.

    Source: AFP

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