Mitch Langerak and Mat Ryan will not allow their chase to become Australia's first-choice goalkeeper get in the way of their friendship.
Langerak and Ryan have been given first crack at becoming Mark Schwarzer's long-term replacement after being selected in new coach Ange Postecoglou's squad for Tuesday's friendly against Costa Rica in Sydney.
Borussia Dortmund stand-in Langerak arguably has his nose in front after performing admirably against France and Canada, while Ryan (Club Brugge) is banging down the door with his impressive club form in Belgium.
Postecoglou has put all players on notice that their spots are not guaranteed ahead of his first match at the helm, but the battle of the 'keepers is arguably his toughest selection.
"Between me and Mat we're good mates on the field and off the field so it makes it a lot easier when we come into camp," Langerak said at Socceroos training on Thursday.
"It goes without saying that we both want to be playing and both want to be the number one and things like that.
"But there's still a long way to go, it makes no sense to have an unhealthy rivalry.
"It's not going to help the team in the long term and it's not going to help us in the short term either, so it's best that we're good mates and we get on well together and knuckle down and train.
"We can talk as much as we want but ultimately it's up to the boss and what he decides."
Ryan added: "Australia's always been blessed with quality goal keepers and we'd like to think that we can carry on from the benchmark Schwarzy's set.
"Everyone in football knows there's such thing as a goalkeepers' union, we all get on, on and off the pitch, and we just work hard and try and get the best out of one another and at the end of the day hopefully the best man gets the job."
Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide), Adam Federici (Reading) and Brad Jones (Liverpool) are also in the mix ahead of next year's World Cup.
Langerak concedes whoever gets the nod in Brazil faces a massive challenge to replace Schwarzer.
"It goes without saying that Schwarzy's boots are big ones to fill," Langerak said.
"We know what he's done over the last 15 years for the national team and if you look at it from afar it's quite daunting.
"But for us being in the position, we're training every day, we're working, we're at good clubs so we're right on the pace and once we step into the team and into training we fit in well.
"And I'm sure it won't take long until both of us and the other goalkeepers make their stamp on the team."
Ryan added of Schwarzer: "He's obviously been an icon of the game, he's set such a high standard in the goal keeping position now for years to come and both Mitch and I are privileged to be in the initial camp after he announced his retirement and have first opportunity to fill his position."
|Coach: A. Postecoglou|
for R. Williams 48'
for M. Leckie 52'
for M. Bresciano 62'
for D. Vidošić 62'
for M. Milligan 77'
for R. Kruse 77'
|UEFA Europa League Review: Lovren misses crucial spot kick as Liverpool crash out|
|Rodgers rues lack of Liverpool guile|
|Pochettino laments ´key´ Soldado miss|
|Everton 3 Young Boys 1 (7-2 agg): Tormentor-in-chief Lukaku on song again|
|Serie A games to start late in show of support for Parma|
|Mancini irked by mistakes despite win|
|Besiktas 1 Liverpool 0 (aet, 1-1 agg, 5-4 pens): Lovren misses decisive spot-kick|
|Chelsea agree record sponsorship deal|
|Fiorentina 2 Tottenham 0 (3-1 agg): Gomez and Salah eliminate Spurs|
|Inter 1 Celtic 0 (4-3 agg): Guarin stunner sees Mancini´s men through|
|Manchester United v Sunderland: Poyet eyeing another Old Trafford upset|
|Monk has no problem with Van Gaal|
|Borussia Dortmund v Schalke: Di Matteo buzzing ahead of derby debut|
|Poyet not prepared to risk returning duo against United|
|Sherwood seeks six wins for survival|
|Championship Preview: Neil relishing East Anglian derby|
|Newcastle United v Aston Villa: Carver praises rejuvenated visitors|
|Granada v Barcelona: Catalan giants aiming to put pressure back on Real|
|Burnley v Swansea City: Monk targets 40 points in record time|
|Stoke City v Hull City: Meyler focused on maintaining resurgence|
|West Brom v Southampton: Pulis warns of continued dogfight|
|Police identify Chelsea fans over racist chanting|
|Guardiola warns against complacency|
|West Ham v Crystal Palace: Allardyce wary of being caught on counter|
|Parma GM compares club to the Titanic|
|Alderweireld close to Southampton return|
|Dyche keen to move on from Barnes furore|
|Gutierrez in Newcastle squad for Villa clash|
|Union chief urges action over Serbia gun threat|
|Berahino doubtful for Southampton clash|
|German citizenship? Why not? - Ribery|
|League Two Preview: Bury hope winning environment rubs off, Burton host Newport|
|Klopp hoping to avoid any nasty surprises after bomb discovery|
|Blackett pens new United deal|
|Sakho to return to training|
|Flores quits Getafe for personal reasons|
|Busquets agrees new Barcelona deal|
|Martino ´could not be happy´ at Barcelona|
|Allardyce striving to develop more Nobles|
|Nani hopeful of United return|
|Unexploded bomb found near Dortmund stadium|
|Lippi leaves Evergrande for personal reasons|
|Chelsea issue cup final warning to fans|
|Ancelotti has no intention to re-sign Morata|
|Dunkin´ Donuts sorry after Liverpool fans slam alternate club crest|
|Noble signs new West Ham contract|
|Sterling hopeful of contract resolution|
|Ali renews UAE contract|
|Deportivo Saprissa 0 America 3: Visitors win with late blitz|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Pato´s streak continues|
|Chievo v Milan: Abbiati wants consistency from Inzaghi´s men|
|Valverde wants momentum ahead of ´crucial´ week|
|Deila challenges Van Dijk, Denayer|
|Serie A Preview: Roma in crucial clash with Juve, resurgent Inter at home|
|Prince Albert: I feel for Wenger|
|Jardim salutes Monaco´s game plan|
|Schmidt dreaming of UEFA Champions League quarter finals|
|Arsenal face ´extremely difficult´ challenge - Wenger|
|Simeone rues missed Atletico opportunities|
|Berbatov questions Arsenal mentality|
|Calhanoglu confident Leverkusen can progress|
|Nottingham Forest 2 Bournemouth 1: Freedman´s dream start continues|
|Gabi upbeat despite Leverkusen defeat|
|Ligue 1 Preview: Monaco host PSG, Lille look to arrest slump|
|Arsenal 1 Monaco 3: All to do for Wenger´s men after limp first-leg display|
|Bayer Leverkusen 1 Atletico Madrid 0: Calhanoglu gives hosts narrow advantage|
|AFC Champions League Review: Western Sydney off to winning start|
|Piszczek blow for Dortmund|
|Bayern Munich v Cologne: Lewandowski wants more of the same from champions|
|Totti: Feyenoord win can be turning point|
|Icardi can be one of world´s best - Mancini|
|Crowe could ride to Leeds´ rescue|
|Martinez to keep faith with Howard|
|O´Brien fined for dissent in UAE victory|
|La Liga Preview: Messi aims to bounce back from penalty miss, leaders Real host Villarreal|
|Eredivisie Preview: Last chance saloon for De Boer´s Ajax|
|Amnesty International: Qatar must improve labour conditions|
|Greek professional football suspended|
|Liverpool trio out of Besiktas clash|
|Bundesliga Preview: Dortmund set for Ruhr derby, Bayern host Cologne|
|Rami to miss Chievo clash|
|Genoa game will go ahead, says Manenti|
|Neymar involved in spat with City fan|
|Steaua receive stadium ban from UEFA|
|Giaccherini out for majority of season|
|Brighton fined £90,000 for breach of agent rules|
|Chelsea try to identify seven over alleged racist chanting|
|No compensation for clubs over 2022 World Cup|
|Suarez: City fans´ boos helped inspire double|
|Not the right time for Gutierrez yet, says Carver|
|Naismith happy to be in the wars|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Pachuca reel in Montreal|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Another Bou hat-trick sees Racing win|
|A-League Preview: Sydney wary of Wanderers ahead of derby|
|Qatar 2022 date change strengthens calls for FIFA overhaul|
|Pellegrini: Champions League tie not over|
|Bresciano calls time on Australia career|
|Barcelona defend Messi´s penalty miss|
|Football League Review: Derby stay two points clear, Middlesbrough bounce back|