Federici eyes Australia gloves
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Adam Federici is hoping to be handed the number one shirt for Australia's friendlies against New Zealand and Serbia after claiming he is the natural successor to Mark Schwarzer.

With Schwarzer injured, Federici believes he should be at the head of the queue to replace the Socceroos' stalwart between the sticks, having played over 90 matches in the past two seasons for Reading in the English Championship. Australia meet New Zealand on Sunday in Adelaide before moving to Melbourne for Tuesday's clash with Serbia.

When asked if he was Australia's number one in waiting, Federici, who played for Reading in their 4-2 defeat to Swansea in the Championship play-off final on Monday, said: "I don't see why not. I've been very consistent.

"I've played particularly well every time I've played for Australia. If it was up to me I'd like to play both games but if they give me a rest on Sunday I'll be looking forward to Tuesday."

I've played particularly well every time I've played for Australia. If it was up to me I'd like to play both games.
Adam Federici, Australia goalkeeper

Federici is hoping the international fixtures will help him get over the Wembley setback. "Four goals at Wembley wasn't fantastic," he said. "But taking the positives out of it, it was a great experience for myself. A hard one to take, obviously, but I'm looking forward to the future. It does help going straight back into things...I'm still trying to get over it."

Federici, 26, said that while the other keepers in the Socceroos squad - up-and-comers Nathan Coe and Mitch Langerak - are promising, they will have to bide their time to overtake him in the pecking order. "They're good young goalkeepers. They obviously need to play a bit more but they're great prospects for the future," he said.

When 38-year-old Schwarzer finally decides to hang up his gloves, Federici hopes to become a regular for the Socceroos. "If I take over from Mark that'll be fantastic but he wants to play for the next ten years or so," he laughed.

"It is frustrating but that's the thing you've got to say to yourself - he's a top goalkeeper and a great ambassador for Australian football. There's not much I can do except keep performing well every time I get an opportunity and keep playing well for my club."