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Australia's Federici insists he is ready if called on

Australia reserve goalkeeper Adam Federici insists he is ready for action if called upon during the World Cup.

The Reading gloveman knows he will be playing second string to veteran shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer in South Africa but after the Fulham man was injured in training last week, Federici says if the situation calls for him to take the gloves, he will be well prepared.

"Mark is much better now and obviously he is number one so I'm here in a supportive role, but if I'm needed to play I'll be ready," he said after the team's first training session in South Africa.

"We've got a very tough group and it?s going to be difficult for us to get through but we are confident we can make it.

"Now we have to try and get over the jetlag, but I'm sure that won't take too long."

Andrew Slevison
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