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By ESPN Staff

Schwarzer retires: report

Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has reportedly retired from international football, effective immediately.

The 41-year-old Schwarzer has notified Football Federation Australia of his decision on Wednesday morning, just hours before new coach Ange Postecoglou names his first Socceroos squad, Fox Sports News reports.

Schwarzer is Australia's most capped player with 109 appearances for the Socceroos since his debut in 1993.

His retirement further opens the door to a bunch of talented goalkeepers vying to make the squad for next year's World Cup in Brazil, including Mitch Langerak, Eugene Galekovic and youngster Mathew Ryan.

The 2014 showpiece was expected to be Schwarzer's third and final World Cup campaign, having represented Australia in the 2006 and 2010 editions.

But Schwarzer's recent move from being Fulham's first-choice gloveman to powerhouse Chelsea, where he's been playing back-up to the established Petr Cech, raised questions as to whether he would be able to hold onto his starting role in the team.

Schwarzer was on the end of Australia's 6-0 drubbing by Brazil in his last match for the national team in September.

However he has managed to keep two clean sheets in as many matches for Chelsea in the League Cup.

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