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Neill, Schwarzer in the shop window

They are two of the biggest names in Australian football - and 12 months out from a World Cup, they have no home.
 Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and captain Lucas Neill are both on the lookout for new clubs after being cut adrift before Australia sealed qualification for Brazil 2014.
 Schwarzer has been released from English Premier League outfit Fulham after the London club signed Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg on a four-year deal, while Neill has not played since finishing a short-term stint with Sydney FC in the second half of the 2012/13 A-League season.
 But now, with the Socceroos heading to South America next year, the duo's search for new clubs will be upped.

 "At the moment it's about enjoying going to Brazil and then tomorrow I will worry about my future," Neill said after Australia's 1-0 win over Iraq on Wednesday night.
 "There's a lot to talk about (with my agent). My football next year will be competitive, it will all be about game time to make sure I have the best preparation possible for the biggest tournament in the world.

"This will arguably be the highlight of my career."
 At 41, Schwarzer is likely to be the oldest player at the World Cup.
 He needs regular football and has already declared a desire to stay in Europe rather than return home to launch an A-League career.
"I've got to look to my future and make sure I am playing week in, week out and playing well enough to go to Brazil."
"There's been quite a few enquiries (from overseas clubs). It's a huge decision to make."
Neill and Schwarzer head into their third consecutive World Cup, but with expectations lower than the two previous campaigns.
 But the captain argues his squad of ageing stars and up and coming youngsters can make a noise in Brazil. 
 "It's been a tough (qualifying) campaign and we've shown some real mental strength," he said.
"Some people may have seen it as an easy passage but we never did. We knew how tough it was going to be and so it turned out.
 "The challenge now for us is to go to the biggest tournament in the world and take on the best in the world.
 "I'm sure we will do the country proud."
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