Middlesbrough's Schwarzer sets Premiership foreigner record

Mark Schwarzer has set a record in the Premiership record books by becoming the longest-serving foreigner at one club.

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The Middlesbrough goalkeeper set the new record in last weekends 1-0 victory over Portsmouth, his 316th Premier League match, beating the previous mark of 315 set by Arsenal's Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp.

Schwarzer made his Boro debut against Sheffield Wednesday on March 1, 1997 and has since gone on to appear in 346 matches in all competitions.

Already, there has been speculation about his 10-season career with the Teesside outfit coming to an end. Still, the Socceroos custodian wants to remain playing and represent Australia at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"Am I ready to give it away just yet? The answer is no, I'm not," he said. "I believe that I can perform better than I have previously.

"It is also a case of remembering the last World Cup and saying to myself, 'I want to live that again and have an even better one next time'."

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