Aussies Abroad: Schwarzer to play on

Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has revealed he wants to play on at least for a further two seasons up until the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has revealed he wants to play on at least for a further two seasons up until the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The 39-year-old recently agreed a new deal to keep him at Barclays Premier League outfit Fulham until 2013, but he wants to play on for even longer.

The former Middlesbrough custodian says he is "living the dream" with Fulham and he has set his sights on playing for Australia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"It's great, I am living the dream," said Schwarzer.

"I am playing football at the highest level and I am almost 40 years old.

"There are not too many of us that can say that so I am still playing because I love playing.

"As long as you love playing and you're still good enough to play at this level then I want to continue.

"I still have ambitions to go and represent Australia in another World Cup in 2014, that is my ultimate goal and I am working towards it."

Schwarzer helped Fulham to a 2-1 win over Stoke over the weekend and the goalkeeper was happy with his side's performance.

"I thought the performance was pretty good," said Schwarzer.

"If you look at the possession - while I don't know exactly what it was - it was pretty much in our favour for most of the game.

"I thought if anything we were a little bit disappointed in the end that we still gave Stoke an opportunity to get back into the game because of the chances we created and the way we played football.

"I think we deserved to have the game out of their reach a lot sooner.

"That wasn't to be and you can never knock their determination and fighting spirit.

"You know if Stoke get a sniff they can get back in the game, you know you're going to be into a real fight to hold on to that lead."

In other EPL news involving Australian players, Tim Cahill had a hand in the first goal as Everton stunned Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Cahill, who has substituted the previous weekend with calf and feet injuries, caused the visiting Chelsea plenty of problems and played the entire 90 minutes.

In the nPower Championship, Adam Federici kept a clean sheet as Reading beat bottom club Coventry City 2-0 to move up to seventh on the table, just one point out of the play-off places.

Neil Kilkenny's Bristol City slumped to their second-successive 3-0 loss, this time to promotion-chasing Hull City, although the Socceroos midfielder didn't play a part in the game.

Former Socceroo defender David Carney has joined FC Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan after terminating his contract in Spain.

Brett Holman's AZ Alkmaar pulled off two impressive wins inside a week to maintain their lead in the Dutch Eredivisie. Following a midweek 6-0 triumph over Den Haag, Alkmaar backed up with a 2-0 win over Excelsior. Holman was substituted on 67 minutes against Excelsior.

Nikita Rukavytsya was an observor from the bench as Hertha Berlin were hammered 5-0 by vfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Mathew Leckie was also an unused substitute in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 3-0 win over Schalke.

In the UAE, Mark Bresciano was on target for Al Nasr in their 2-1 win over Ajman. Al Nasr are now second, three points off Al Ain.