Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer rules out ever playing in the A-League

The Aussie veteran doesn't want to end up like John Aloisi who had a difficult time in the A-League after a long European career and says the competition is a 'step down' anyway
Australia international goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has incredibly ruled out ever playing in the A-League due to the failures of returning Socceroos in the past.

The 38-year-old remains Fulham's firm number one keeper but with Socceroos team-mates such as Harry Kewell pondering a return to the A-League, a move home may have been on Schwarzer's radar.

However, Schwarzer emphatically ruled out an A-League switch at any stage citing the example of John Aloisi who endured a difficult time at Sydney FC after returning to Australia following a long European career.

"I have seen too many players go back home and it has not worked out," Schwarzer told Football+ magazine.

"The biggest example is John Aloisi, and how he was treated so badly by people. You are up there to be shot down very, very quickly.

"I don't want to give anyone the opportunity to do that to me."

The former Marconi goalkeeper also said the standard of the A-League was a "step down" from Europe.

"The truth is returning from Europe it is a step down, and I don't want to be in that situation," Schwarzer said.

The Australian also said he remains focused on playing at the 2014 World Cup, despite the fact he'll be 41 by the time the Brazil tournament comes around.

"There's no easing up, no way, forget about it. I'm sticking around for a while yet," he said. "What motivates me is the 2014 World Cup. I want to play in it - that's my dream.

"I will be 41, so I think I can make it happen. I am fully determined to keep playing and get there.

"All the conversations I have had with the national coach so far indicate he wants me fully involved and to continue to play."