Mark Schwarzer is determined to achieve success with Australia at this month's Asian Cup but admitted leaving Fulham in the middle of their fight for Barclays Premier League survival was far from ideal.
The Cottagers currently lie one point above the drop zone and boss Mark Hughes has already resigned himself to losing his number one keeper for the remainder of the month.
Should Australia reach the final of the tournament that would mean Schwarzer will miss four Premier League games.
The 38-year-old told Press Association Sport: "It is never ideal at this time of year to be missing Premier League games, especially with Fulham in the precarious situation they are in.
"In an ideal world I would like to have stayed but also play in this tournament. I want to be in two places at once.
"It would have been great if there was a window we could play this tournament in but unfortunately that is not the case. I have been here in the summer; it is not pleasant and not easy to play in so this is the logical time to play it and unfortunately it clashes with club football."