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Australia will be targeting players playing in the A-League for the upcoming friendly match according to its manager Ange Postecoglou.

After suffering consecutive defeats in several competitions, Australia finally managed to rediscover form in the last two matches. Wins over Canada and Costa Rica are bound to have given them enough confidence to take on Ecuador in a friendly match in March.

Postecoglou is aware that this will be the final friendly match for the team before the World Cup starts. Hence, he is prepared to make the most out of it by introducing some A-League players in the hope of discovering good talent for the national team.

Australia are now rank outsiders to progress to the knockout stages after being given a very tough draw at the competition. They will be up against Spain, who are the current world champions, Netherlands, and Chile.

Postecoglou, though, is confident that Australia can cause an upset and he wants to do it with locally based players. He says that the A-League is going through a critical period in the season with a lot of important games. There are also the Champions league matches as well. Hence, he feels that current form will be a good indicator that the players are good enough to play for the national team.

"This is the interesting part of the A-League season too, the games mean a little bit more and the pressure is bit higher with the finals around the corner and some of them will be playing champions league games. So good form in that kind of environment is a good indicator. There are probably two or three who’ll probably miss out who are pretty close and if they maintain their form they’re still well in the calculations," said Postecoglou. Australia's first match in the World Cup will be against Chile.