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Jun 3, 2011

Socceroos stand-in keeper ready to move on

Goalkeeper Adam Federici is hungry for Socceroos game time as he tries to move on from the disappointment of Reading missing out on promotion to the English Premier League.

Federici arrived in Adelaide ahead of Sunday's clash with New Zealand, still downbeat after his club side lost 4-2 to Swansea on Monday in the English Championship playoff.

While it's likely Federici could be rested against the All Whites and saved for Tuesday's match against Serbia in Melbourne, the 26-year-old shot stopper was gunning for as much game time as he could in the rare absence of Mark Schwarzer due to groin surgery.

"It (the playoff) was a great experience for myself and a hard one to take, obviously, but I'm looking forward to the future," Federici said on Friday.

"It's good to get back straight into it (with the Socceroos). It does help going straight back into things.

"I'm looking forward to playing for Australia if I get the chance to.

"If it was up to me, I'd like to play both games. But if they give me a rest, I'll be looking forward to Tuesday."

While some were tipping fellow squad member Mitch Langerak could be the man to replace Schwarzer between the sticks when the 38-year-old eventually retired, Federici was blunt on Friday when asked if he felt he was next in line for the Socceroos' keeping gloves.

"I don't see why not," Federici said.

"I've played over 90 games in the last two seasons and been very consistent and played particularly well every time I've played for Australia so, if I take over from Mark, that'd be fantastic.

"But obviously he wants to play for the next 10 years or so, so I don't know how long I have to wait."

Federici admitted it could be frustrating having to remain in the shadows of the legendary Schwarzer, but said he and fellow hopefuls simply had to bide their time.

"He's a top goalkeeper and a great ambassador for Australian football," Federici said of the Fulham 'keeper.

"There's not much I can do other than keep performing well every time I get an opportunity and keep playing well for my club."

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