Australia are England’s final opponents before their preliminary Euro 2016 squad is trimmed down to the final 23.
The peripheral figures in the party are likely to be given a chance to impress after a starting XI of players sure to make the grade started the 2-1 win against Turkey last time out.
With the Three Lions priced at 1/4 to prevail, the bookies believe those loitering on the fringes of making the cut should encounter little trouble in their attempts to woo Roy Hodgson, but the dangers in discounting the 19/2-rated Aussies are worth taking note of.
Indeed, at a beefy 14/5, they’re worth a wager in the double-chance stakes.
England selected an experimental line up the last time they faced Australia in a 2003 friendly.
The game marked Wayne Rooney’s international debut, with the current captain on the field at the final whistle alongside Francis Jeffers, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Jenas amongst others.
A seasoned Socceroos side took advantage of the inexperience to see out a 3-1 victory.
In great form ahead of their Stadium of Light sojourn, Ange Postecoglu’s troops will be relishing the challenge against one of the frontrunners (England are 8/1) to win Euro 2016.
They’ve despatched four inferior foes in the run up to this fixture, scoring 19 and conceding just one in the process, while they drew 2-2 with Germany in March too.
Were it not for an 81st-minute Lukas Podolski equaliser, they would’ve beaten a near-full strength Die Mannschaft outfit on the road, proof enough of their credentials to trouble a hodgepodge England XI.
As far as the hosts are concerned, they’ve failed to win four of their last seven non-competitive clashes, recently contriving to lose to a severely weakened Netherlands side at Wembley.
With a raft of international rookies in the ranks this evening, they’re far from immune to upset against the friendless men from Down Under.