Philippine football

Schrock, Etheridge captain Azkals 25-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

Beatrice Go
Schrock, Etheridge captain Azkals 25-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

VETERANS. Neil Etheridge (left) and Stephan Schrock lend their veteran presence.

Philippine Football Federation

The Philippine Azkals resume their 2022 World Cup qualifying bid in a bubble in China

Philippine Azkals veterans Stephan Schrock and Neil Etheridge were appointed captain and vice-captain, respectively, as they lead the 25-man squad in the team’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying bid in Suzhou, China.

The Azkals will resume their campaign by closing out the second round with matches against Guam on June 3, China on June 9, and Maldives on June 15.

Twelve new faces led by Filipino-Germans Gerrit Holtmann and Raphael Obermair have a chance to make their senior team debuts for the Philippines.

Holtmann, Obermair, Filipino-Swedish defender Jesper Neyholm, and Filipino-Norwegian midfielder Lloyd Fagerlie are still in the process of completing their requirements.

Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon – whose Philippine naturalization is still being processed – was not called up by head coach Scott Cooper, but is expected to join the team in future tournaments.

Currently at third place, the Philippines (2-1-2) needs to leapfrog China (2-1-1) in the Group A standings to advance to the third round of the qualifiers.

Syria is currently on top of the group with 14 points and a 5-0-0 record.

Squad list

Forwards

Mark Hartmann
Angel Guirado

Midfielders

Stephan Schrock (CAPTAIN)
Patrick Strauss
Iain Ramsay
Gerrit Holtmann
Raphael Obermair
Patrick Reichelt
Oliver Bias
Jarvey Gayoso
Matthew Baldisimo
Mark Winhoffer
Lloyd Fagerlie

Defenders

Carlie De Murga
Alvaro Silva
Luke Woodland
Jesper Nyholm
Martin Steuble
Jefferson Tabinas
Mar Diano
Niko De Vera
Michael Kempter

Goalkeepers

Neil Etheridge (VICE-CAPTAIN)
Bernd Schipman
Kevin Ray Mendoza

– Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.