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.
Stephan Schrock (CAPTAIN)
Carlie De Murga
Niko De Vera
Neil Etheridge (VICE-CAPTAIN)
Kevin Ray Mendoza