IT didnt take long for their plea to get a favorable response.
A day after signifying their availability for the Azkals' training and friendlies in the Middle East, Phil and James Younghusband were recalled to the lineup ahead of the October 7 to 17 camp.
The Philippine Football Federation has sent a letter addressed to the Younghusbands’ professional team, Loyola Meralco, on Wednesday seeking the brothers’ release for the national team’s 10-day camp, which includes friendlies against Bahrain on October 12 and Kuwait four days later.
The PFF had earlier excluded the brothers from the Philippine Football Peace Cup lineup due to “economic and non-economic issues” and the Azkals showed they can win without the Younghusbands by lifting the country's first football silverware in 99 years.
However, the body stressed the need to assemble the strongest team possible for the upcoming Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in explaining the decision to reinstate the brothers.
“After careful consideration, the management has decided to include Phil and James Younghusband in this training camp. Both siblings remain assets to the Azkals and remain part of the team,” Azkals’ team manager Dan Palami said in a statement.
“As a team, we take this time to bridge differences as we work towards a common goal: bringing honor and pride to the country, Palami added.
The brothers, who are currently in Singapore with the Sparks for their semifinal match against the Tampines Rovers in the Singapore Cup, are expected to be released accordingly as team owner Randy Roxas had earlier expressed his willingness to lend any of his players to the national team.
The development came on the same day the Azkals jumped three spots in the latest Fifa world rankings to 147th, their highest ranking ever which attests to how far the sport has come in the country.
Apart from the Younghusbands, the notable booters based abroad who will rejoin the team are Dennis Cagara, Rob Gier, Angel and Juani Guirado, Ray Jonsson, Jerry Lucena, Roland Muller, Paul Mulders.
Co-skipper Chieffy Caligdong, Marwin Angeles, Ian Araneta, Misagh Bahadoran, Jeff Christiaens, Ref Cuaresma, Jason de Jong, Anto Gonzales, Nestorio Margarse Jr., Carli de Murga, Demit Omphroy, OJ Porteria, Patrick Reichelt, Ed Sacapaño, Matt Uy, and Denis Wolf are the holdovers from the Peace Cup lineup.