Younghusbands Retire From Football

A new era for Philippine football is set to begin as Phil and James Younghusband have both hung up their boots.

James, the older of the two, announced his leave from the sport on Thursday after playing with the Azkals for 15 years.

The brothers were instrumental in the rise of Philippine football since they came on the scene in 2005, after their eligibility for the national team was discovered.

The two England-born footballers joined the Philippine national football team in the Southeast Asian Games held in Manila as members of the under-23 squad.

Since then, they have become household names as they are the biggest faces of the sport in the country.

The Philippine Azkals had a slow but steady rise largely attributed to the contributions made by players like the Younghusbands.

The brothers were also present in the Azkals’ famed AFF Suzuki Cup win over defending champions Vietnam back in 2010, dubbed “The Miracle of Hanoi”.

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