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Fulham keeper Schwarzer: I get same buzz playing for Australia as I did in 1993

Mark Schwarzer admits he feels the same pride and excitement paying for Australia today as he did 20 years ago.

The 40-year old Fulham goalkeeper made his international debut for the Socceroos back in 1993 against Canada and 104 caps later, says he feels the same thrill as he did back then as he prepares to take on Oman in World Cup qualifying in Sydney on Tuesday.

"Of course, I get the same buzz," Schwarzer told SBS.

"Yes, it's very true, I have been playing a long time but I think that, the longer you play, the more games you play, if you do not get that buzz that I still get from playing for your country I would not be sitting here today.

"That is what drives me, that continuous buzz from representing my country."

Schwarzer is set to captain the Australian team in the absence of the suspended Lucas Neill as they look to secure just their second win in their fifth Group B fixture.

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