Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer has made clear his World Cup goals with the Australian national team. The star goalkeeper will be 41 by the time the next World Cup (Brazil 2014) comes around but he has indicated that he wants to remain in the game long enough to take part in football's biggest tournament.
He says that he has already spoken to Socceroos boss Holger Osieck regarding his future and at this stage has been given the go-ahead to resume his international career as normal.
"After the last World Cup I had a discussion with the new manager [Holger Osieck] who came in with regards to my future and how he saw my future going," Schwarzer told Fulham's official website. "I expressed my thoughts on the whole situation and left it down to him.
"He expressed his desire for me to continue playing. He's fully committed to the plans for me to be involved in the future and be part of it - but the bottom line is you have to perform. As long as I can juggle the two of them [club and international football], which I've done for 15 odd years, and it doesn't affect my club football then why would I want to stop?
"You're a long time retired and for me there's no greater honour than playing for your country. I cherish every moment I get to play for my country. I want to play for Australia for as long as I can. I don't want to give that up and until someone comes along and says move over old-timer and I'm good enough to knock you off your perch, I will continue to play.
"I think today too many countries give out shirts and caps too easily. For me you have to earn the right to wear a shirt.
"It should be something you should have to work damn hard to earn."