Australia excited by Copa America chance

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s participation in the Copa America is not yet confirmed but would be a “fantastic” opportunity for the Socceroos to test themselves against some of the best players in the world, coach Graham Arnold said yesterday.

Brazilian media reported on Wednesday that Australia and Qatar, the last two champions of Asia, had been invited to play in next year’s edition of the continental championship along with 10 South American teams.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity. It’s really exciting opportunity not only myself and the players but for the country,” Arnold told reporters in a conference call.

“The invitation, I believe, is there. I think there’s still a fair bit of paperwork to go through yet but until that’s done, I pretty much can’t say too much but it’s something that would be absolutely fantastic for the players and the nation.

“Players (who) get the opportunity to play in those type of games and those type of tournaments is where the players go up to another level.”

Qatar and Japan are guests at this year’s Copa America.

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