Schwarzer retires from Socceroos

Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, Australia's most-capped player, has announced his retirement from international football, reports said Wednesday.

  • Published: 6/11/2013 at 06:49 AM
  • Newspaper section: local

Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer applauds at the end of the Group D first round 2010 World Cup football match Australia vs Serbia on June 23, 2010 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit

The 41-year-old had been keen for a swansong at the 2014 World Cup in Brzail but has now informed Football Federation Australia he is quitting with immediate effect, Fox Sports said.

Sources confirmed to AFP the report was accurate.

Currently the back-up keeper to Petr Cech at Chelsea, Schwarzer has played 109 times for Australia since his debut in 1993.

But his recent move from being Fulham's first-choice gloveman to playing second fiddle to Cech raised questions as to whether he would be able to hold onto his starting role in the team.

His decision to go comes ahead of new Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou naming later Wednesday his first squad since taking over from the sacked Holger Osieck.

Schwarzer has been arguably Australia's most consistent European club performer, representing Dynamo Dresden, FC Kaiserslautern, Bradford City, Middlesbrough, Fulham and Chelsea over a 19-year span.

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