SCHWARZER RETIRES FROM AUSTRALIA

Mark Schwarzer has ended his long international career having informed the Football Federation Australia he no longer wishes to be selected ahead of this month's friendly international.

The 41-year-old goalkeeper, who joined Chelsea in the summer, represented his country on 109 occasions having won his first cap 20 years ago.

On announcing this morning the squad chosen by their new head coach Ange Postecoglou for a match against Costa Rica, the Australian Federation wrote on their website:

'The announcement of the squad has been tempered by the fact that Australia's greatest ever goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer last night retired from international football, after he was originally selected in the squad.

'Schwarzer retires as the most capped Socceroo player in history, representing Australia with pride in 109 appearances for the National Team, which included two FIFA World Cups.'

The website also carried a tribute from Postecoglou who said: 'Mark has been a tremendous servant for the National team. He is our most capped Socceroo, has been one of our best performers over a long period of time and he has always remained passionate about playing for Australia. I know the Australian football community will join me in paying tribute to Mark for everything he's done for the Socceroos.'