New Zealand Football's loss is set to become Austalia's gain, with the Socceroos in line to replace the All Whites in a friendly against England.
New Zealand Football last night was forced to call off next month's clash at Wembley stadium, citing complications around player availability and travel restrictions.
Australia looks to have come to the rescue, with English media reporting the nations' two football associations in advanced discussions over the friendly in November.
Premier League clubs had hoped the game would be called off all together, amid concerns over player fatigue in a heavily disrupted year because of coronavirus.
New Zealand was meant to also take on Belgium this month, but pulled out of that friendly for the same reasons.
The All Whites have not played in nearly a year, when they lost 1-0 to Lithuania last November.