Schwarzer confident of World Cup berth

The 40-year-old says he is still motivated by the opportunity to play in a third successive World Cup finals for Australia after sealing a switch to Premier League giants Chelsea

New Chelsea signing Mark Schwarzer says he is determined to play for Australia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Having left Fulham at the end of last season, Schwarzer had been expected to go in search of guaranteed first-team football in a bid to secure his standing as Socceroos coach Holger Osieck's number one.

The veteran shot-stopper is likely to find himself behind Petr Cech in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, but that does not mean he has given up on playing at a third successive World Cup.

"I still have a lot of aspirations to play for my country," he told Chelsea's official website.

"I want to play [at] another World Cup, we've just qualified for Brazil and I want to continue to play at the highest level for as long as possible."

"Obviously Petr is a fantastic goalkeeper and the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea but I am here to help push him along, he will hopefully push me along and help the younger keepers at the club as well. I'm very excited of the challenges ahead."

Schwarzer had been linked with a move to promoted club Hull City, but when he received word of interest from Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

"It's a phenomenal club. It's one of the biggest and best clubs in the world, and it's an honour to sign for Chelsea. I didn't take much convincing to come here," he said.

"There were other interests but once I knew Chelsea was interested it was very much the case that I wanted to try and make it happen. I'm very fortunate and delighted to be sitting here today.

"It has an unbelievable manager and an unbelievable squad of players and it's very exciting."

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