Schwarzer has no plans to retire

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Mark Schwarzer may be on the verge of becoming the longest-serving Australian international but the veteran Fulham goalkeeper has no plans to hang up his gloves anytime soon.

If Schwarzer lines up for Australia in the World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan in Sydney on April 1, it will be 15 years and 244 days since the 36-year-old made his international debut against Canada on July 31, 1993.

"I haven't really put a timeframe on it, I'm just going to take it as it comes," he said.

He will break the record held by Tony Vidmar, while if he keeps a clean sheet for 71 minutes, Australia will set a new national record for the longest period of time without conceding in World Cup qualifiers.

Schwarzer said that while it would be "very nice" to set a new mark for longevity, he has no firm plans as to when he will call it a day.

"My main aim is to qualify for the World Cup and then go to the World Cup and have a successful tournament again like we did in 2006," he added.

"I'd like to set ourselves a goal to even better that.

"It's one thing saying it and another thing doing it, but you've got to set yourself high standards and I believe that we can achieve those goals.

"First, let's get there and once we get there we can talk about what the future holds for us as a team or for me as an individual.

"We know how important it is to get the points as quickly as possible and make sure our place in the World Cup is assured. The sooner we can do that the better, so Uzbekistan at home is a massive game for us."

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