Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Brett Emerton is excited about potentially being one of the first two players to reach 100 appearances for the Australian national team.

The 32-year old Sydney FC star sits on 91 matches ahead of next week's World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Melbourne and he says the prospect of reaching the 100-game milestone, most likely just behind Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (on 94 caps), is thrilling.

''I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't love to achieve that milestone, but I'm just taking it week by week and day by day and Sydney FC is my priority,'' he said at the launch of Sydney FC's advertising partnership with UNICEF.

''But it's always an honour to represent your country and I'm creeping towards that one hundred. Hopefully, I'll get there.

"Just between us there is [a race], but I think he'll (Schwarzer) get there before me,'' Emerton added. ''He's a pretty stubborn the old bugger, but he's a few ahead of me and I think he'll be in the national team for a few more years to come. I think he'll pip me at the post, so good luck to him.''

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