Mark Schwarzer explained how he has been settling in at Chelsea in our latest Twitter Q&A.
The goalkeeper, who kept a clean sheet in our Capital One Cup game against Arsenal recently, sat down to answer fans’ questions sent in via social media.
While many of his peers are currently on international duty, there were questions aplenty from fans wanting to understand the reason behind Schwarzer’s decision to announce his retirement from the Australia national team, which he explained to @jamiemanson101: ‘It was very difficult, but I knew the time was right,’ he said.
With 20 years’ experience with the Socceroos, there are many memories and stories, and one particularly fond one is from 2005, when they qualified for the 2006 World Cup.
‘We beat Uruguay on penalties and qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 35 years – it was an amazing, historic night,’ the 41-year-old recalled.
Schwarzer signed for the club over the summer, and met up with his new team-mates during our Asia tour, a part of the world with which he is familiar having played international football in the Asian Confederation for a few years now.
‘I really enjoyed it all. It was a great way to get my career underway at my new club,’ he explained, though of course there was also an initiation to pass, as tradition holds that all new squad members have to sing to the rest of the group. ‘I sang Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport!’ he informed @andreasphgultom.
A keen cricket fan, Schwarzer will be keeping a close eye on the forthcoming Ashes series starting in Brisbane next week, and has high hopes that his national team can gain revenge on England down under. ‘I hope Australia win this time round of course, but I think it’ll be even tighter than earlier on this year,’ he said.
Tying in nicely with the Australian theme, when @chelseafc_fans enquired about nicknames, he smiled and announced: ‘David Luiz calls me Kangaroo!’