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Sao Paulo:

The Australian National Football team, nicknamed Socceroos have been invited to be a part of the 2020 edition of South America’s continental football championships, the Copa America.

Present Asian Cup champions Qatar will be seen joining the Socceroos as the second guest participant.

‘‘We crave these opportunities as players and coaches,’’ said Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold

‘“Our planning for the Fifa World Cup in Qatar has already started. We are building depth among our playing group, as evidenced by our performance in the Korea Republic last week and playing in this tournament provides another layer of incentive for our players to put themselves up for selection for the national team. The experience we will gain from playing in this tournament will be incredible and I know by speaking to our players, they are equally excited about being part of one of the world’s most prestigious football tournaments,” he added.

One of the guest nations will be pitted in the northern group with Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and joint-hosts Colombia.

The other will join Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile and group-hosts Argentina.

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