Mark Schwarzer has announced he will retire from International Football depending on Australia’s quest of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
If Australia implode and not make it past the qualifying stage on June 18 against Iraq, Mark will fold away the Keeping Gloves and say goodbye to the Socceroos at game number 108.
On the positive side that they make on to the World Cup Playoffs, retirement may be put on hold until July 13 at the latest, when the World Cup Final is played; should the Socceroos make it that far.
“I’ve always been very up front and my goal is 2014 and that’s the maximum with the national team,” he said.
“Brazil is the pinnacle for me hopefully and I still believe we’ll get there and that’s the end of me for the national team.”
Schwarzer will also be on the lookout for a new home at club level as Fulham FC have recently signed Holland International Maarten Stekelenburg from AS Roma.
The 40-year-old has been the number 1 shot-stopper at Craven Cottage for the past 5 years and has ruled out any return to Australia as he and his family have business arrangements in the UK.