Azkals' Chris Greatwich to take break from international play
MANILA, Philippines- Veteran Azkal Chris Greatwich announced on Tuesday, March 24, that he will be ‘taking a break’ from international play following the team’s overseas training camp in Bahrain.
The 31-year old Greatwich can be best remembered as the player who scored the opening goal in the Azkals’ 2010 Suzuki Cup group stage upset against the then defending champs Vietnam at the latter’s home stadium.
Greatwich, who has been a vital piece in the Azkals gameplay since his debut in 2004, has 44 caps and 7 international goals for the Philippines.
The Fil-British midfielder revealed on his Instagram account that he will not be seen wearing a national team kit anytime soon, stating that he wants to spend more time with his family.
Many people in the last few days have asked why I have not traveled with the squad to Bahrain this week. Last week I met with Coach Dooley and told him I would be taking a break from International football for a while. It has been the greatest privilege to play for Philippines for the past 10 years but for now I like to spend more time with my family, especially my baby Nico. Thanks to all the players, staff and fans who've supported us over the years and I wish the team the best of luck in the future. #azkals #philippines #football #pinoy
He added that he has talked to national team head coach Thomas Dooley about his decision to put a pause to his Azkals duty beforehand.
Also, the current Kaya FC player and academy director expressed his gratitude to the people who supported his 10-year career with the Philippine national football team.
Thanks to all the players, staff & fans over the past 10 years. It has been the greatest honor to play for the Philippines #azkals— Chris Greatwich (@chrisgreatwich) March 24, 2015
Greatwich’s statement was made after a growing number of fans have reached out about his exclusion on the list of players that were invited to join the team’s training in the Middle East. - Rappler.com