Schwarzer aims to continue ‘living the dream’

Mark Schwarzer says he is living the dream with Fulham and wants to play for at least a further two seasons.

He’s enjoying life at the moment, especially after Fulham’s victory on Saturday. Pavel Pogrebnyak’s debut goal on 16 minutes put Fulham ahead before they doubled their advantage as Clint Dempsey’s superb 30-yard drive rebounded off the bar onto goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen’s back and in.

Ryan Shawcross reduced the deficit from a corner but Fulham held on for a fifth win in seven home games.

Last month Schwarzer committed his future to the west Londoners for another season. Now Schwarzer wants to represent Australia at the 2014 World Cup and, despite the fact he will be 41 then, he believes it is within reach.

“It’s great, I am living the dream,” he said. “I am playing football at the highest level and I am almost 40 years old.

“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 recently spent a spell out with a spinal injury but returned for the trip to Manchester City and Saturday’s home clash with Stoke.

“I thought the performance was pretty good,” Schwarzer said.

While Schwarzer was frustrated to concede Shawcross’s header, he was relieved not to suffer the same misfortune as opposite number Thomas Sorensen. The Denmark international’s own-goal proved decisive as a Clint Dempsey long-range effort rattled the crossbar and went in off the goalkeeper’s back.

Sorensen was understandably frustrated after the match, which marked Stoke’s fourth successive league defeat.

“They got two goals but we had the same amount of chances and we didn’t score,” he said.

“Now we are looking at any game to boost confidence.”

* Stoke’s opponents in Thurday night’s Europa League clash, Valencia, warmed-up for the clash with a comfortable 4-0 defeat of Sporting Gijón in La Liga last night.

Goals from Sofiane Feghouli, a brace from Jonas and an own-goal by Alberto Tomás Botía sealed the win.

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