Chelsea’s former Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer quits after 109 caps for Australia

FORMER Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has hung up his gloves with the Australian team.

The much-travelled stopper informed Football Federation Australia of his decision on the day new national boss Ange Postecoglou announced his first Socceroos squad.

The 41-year-old had been omitted for Australia’s recent friendlies against France and Canada.

Now the Chelsea keeper, who played in last week’s Capital One Cup win over Arsenal, has called time on his international career.

It seems 25-year-old Mitch Langerak is now the favourite to succeed Schwarzer as Australia’s first-choice in goal.

Schwarzer is Australia’s most-capped player with 109 appearances for the Socceroos since his debut in 1993. Given 22 names were announced it seemed Boro’s Carling Cup-winning keeper had been in the party until his decision to call it a day.

Boro’s Rhys Williams is in Postecoglou’s squad for the November 19 friendly against Costa Rica.

Australia squad: Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge KV)

Defenders: Jason Davidson (SC Heracles Almelo), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng), Lucas Neill (Omiya Ardija), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough FC), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Michael Zullo (Adelaide United)

Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (FC Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), James Holland (FK Austria Vienna), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace FC), Matthew McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tom Rogic (Celtic FC), Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Robbie Kruse (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht)