Philippine Azkals James Younghusband retires from football


Philippine Azkals star James Younghusband retired from professional football, he announced on social media on Thursday, June 25.


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“Time to say goodbye. Thank you for the amazing memories. I have loved playing this game,” Younghusband wrote.

“Thank you to my family, bosses, managers, coaches, teammates, opponents, and all my supporters who have been part of my professional career. I feel lucky to have experienced wonderful memories and thankful for every moment of my time with my clubs and country.”

Younghusband, 33, ended his football career with 101 caps and 12 international goals for the Philippine Azkals. His brother Phil Younghusband,32, was first to hang up his boots eight months ago, officially drawing a close to the siblings’ on-pitch involvement in Philippine football.

The Younghusband brothers debuted in 2005 as part of the Philippine men’s Under-23 squad and played in the country’s last hosting of the Southeast Asian Games.

James and Phil—whose eligibility for the Philippines was famously discovered via a computer game—accumulated a total of 209 caps and 64 goals for the Azkals. James himself finished with 101 caps and 12 goals throughout his career.

James honed his craft as a youth player with English Premier League giants Chelsea before moving to the Philippines in 2009, where he and his brother signed with local club Loyola Meralco.

Eventually, they moved to the Davao Aguilas in 2017, then to club folded a year later. After Phil’s retirement last November, James moved to join Philippine champions Ceres Negros FC—where he was part of the 2019 league and cup double-winning squads.

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James’ last involvement with the Azkals was as part of the squad during their 2019 AFC Asian Cup