The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has nothing but gratitude for James Younghusband over his contributions to the Philippine National Men’s Football team, also known as the Philippine Azkals.
“We thank James Younghusband for his valuable contributions to the growth of the sport in the country,” PFF president Mariano Araneta said.
“May his influence on and off the pitch inspire all young players who aspire to play for the country,” added Atty. Edwin Gastanes, general secretary of the PFF.
Younghusband announced his retirement from football on Thursday, June 25, through an Instagram post.
The 33-year old midfielder also thanked his family, bosses, managers, coaches, team mates, opponents and supporters who have been part of his professional career.
“Time to say goodbye. Thank you for the amazing memories. I have loved playing this game,” Younghusband said.
“I feel lucky to have experienced wonderful memories and thankful for every moment of my time with my clubs and country,” he added.
Younghusband and his brother Phil Younghusband, who has also retired, began playing for the men’s national football team during the 2005 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines.
Aside from the Azkals, James Younghusband also played for Filipino football clubs FC Meralco Manila, Davao Aguilas FC, and Ceres-Negros FC.