Stephan Shrock and three other Ceres-Negros FC players are heeding the call of duty to play for the national team on Tuesday as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 resumes with a match between the Philippines and China PR at Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City.
Shrock and teammates Carlos De Murga, Mike Ott, and OJ Porteria received a call up to torejoin the Azkals for the match against China. All four players were also in the national team during the September 5 match against Syria at the Panaad Stadium and against Guam five days later.
The Philippine team bowed to Syria, 2-5, but bounced back with a 4-1 win against Guam.
Currently in third place with one win and one loss, the Azkals will face a China PR side that they have faced on three occasions since 2017.
Aside from the four Ceres-Negros FC players, the PFF has called up 19 other Filipino footballers for the match.
Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and defender Luke Woodland make their return to the squad. Also included are defender Mikel Baas and midfielder Yrick Gallantes, who made their Philippines debut in the win against Guam. Edison Suerti and Niko de Vera are the two new additions to the team.
The Azkals is led by head coach Goran Milojevic, assisted by Hezirdan Ramadani and goalkeeping coach Milos Simic. Scott Joseph Cooper is the Assistant Team Manager alongside Team Manager Dan Palami.
In preparation for the match next week, the Philippines will face Thai League 1 side Chainat Hornbill in a friendly scrimmage today.
Tickets for the Philippines vs. China PR match are available at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online.*
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