Long-serving Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says he had been contemplating international retirement for some time, having surprisingly ended his 20-year Socceroo career earlier this week with Brazil 2014 only eight months away.
The first squad announced by new Australia coach Ange Postecoglou will not feature Mark Schwarzer after the long-serving Socceroo goalkeeper confirmed his international retirement.
Mark Schwarzer is the most notable absentee as Australia coach Holger Osieck looks to give youth a chance in their upcoming friendlies against France and Canada as they build towards the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Brazil celebrate their independence day with a 6-0 win over Australia in an international friendly highlighted by a brace from Jo, with Neymar Ramires, Alexandre Pato and Luiz Gustavo also making the scoresheet.
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Brazil international Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala for a reported £30m fee, with the midfielder saying he is "very happy" to have joined "one of the best clubs in the world."
Mark Schwarzer, the Australian goalkeeper with more than 500 Premier League appearances, told reporters while on Chelsea's pre-season tour in Kuala Lumpur he believes he is good enough to play in the Blues' starting XI.