Mark Schwarzer retires from international football

Mark Kolbe

This one's a bit of a surprise to me, especially considering how much of a big deal was made about his international career and prospects for the 2014 World Cup when he joined Chelsea, but just hours ahead of the Australia squad announcement for the upcoming friendlies and with just months ahead of the World Cup, Mark Schwarzer called it quits on his Socceroos career.

"Mark was included in this squad but decided he wanted to announce his retirement and not participate."

-Ange Postecoglou; source: Reuters

When he was left off the squad for the most recent friendlies, there was some speculation that Schwarzer was no longer first choice for Australia even though at 41 he's still arguably their best option and he ably led them throughout the qualifiers.

Borussia Dortmund backup goalkeeper Mitch Langerak now becomes first choice for Postecoglou who has been on the job for a little over week as Holger Osieck's replacement.  The new coach, just a few years older than the now retired goalkeeper, heaped praise on the man with the most ever international appearances for his country (109).

"He's no doubt one of our all-time greats. A great servant, always available to play for his national team, sometimes under difficult circumstances."

"When we talk about character and restoring pride to our national shirt, Mark is right up there."

-Ange Postecoglou; source: Reuters

Well, I guess Mark can now fully dedicate his resources to backing up Cech and basking in the aura of Hilário's glorious company.

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