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Reading's Federici hoping to emulate Fulham's Schwarzer

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici is hoping he can one day emulate Fulham star Mark Schwarzer.

Federici of course talks of the Australian national team and the fact that 37-year old Schwarzer is still at the top of his game despite his age and his extremely busy season with the Cottagers.

25-year old Federici will go to the World Cup in South Africa as the second-choice gloveman to Schwarzer but hopes he will be the man to lead the national team in the future.

"Mark has had a great season and has played more than 60 games, which is a real credit to him," Federici told getbracknell.co.uk.

"He's a fantastic ambassador for Australian football and I want to emulate that.

"He's no spring chicken anymore, but he's still fighting fit and in incredible form and it's a massive year for him. He'll be one of the best keepers at the World Cup, if not the best in my eyes."

Federici admits he always goes to Schwarzer for advice and paid tribute to his professionalism which has seen him perform for so long at the top level.

"I always talk to him and get advice from him and I like to watch what he does at training camps," he added.

"He's an over-the-top professional if you want. But that's how you have to be if you want to play at the level he is."

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