Schrock, Etheridge ready to lead Azkals in World Cup Qualifiers

Veterans Stephan Schrock and Neil Etheridge headline the 25-man squad called up for the training camp in Doha, Qatar and the three remaining matches in the joint Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in Suzhou, China.

The Azkals are holding a training camp in Doha, Qatar from May 22 to May 31, 2021, before flying to China for their matches against Guam (June 3), China (June 9) and the Maldives (June 15).

“Stephan Schrock and Etheridge are the core of this team in terms of the commitment and the things they do to talk to other players,” said Cooper.

The Manila-based players are scheduled to leave for Doha on Friday morning, while the rest of the squad are arriving on different flights from Thailand, Germany, Malaysia and the United States, among others, in the succeeding days.

Although they are still completing requirements for their registration, Gerrit Holtmann, Jesper Nyholm, Raphael Obermair, and Lloyd Fagerlie have also been called up by coach Scott Cooper.

Cooper did not select naturalization candidate Bienve Marañon and Jesse Curran as both are not able to process their documents in time for the trip. But he expects the duo to be part of the team in the future.

FORWARDS
Mark Hartmann
Angel Guirado

MIDFIELDERS
Stephan Schrock (CAPTAIN)
Patrick Strauss
Iain Ramsay
Gerrit Holtmann
Raphael Obermair
Patrick Reichelt
Oliver Bias
Jarvey Gayoso
Matthew Baldisimo
Mark Winhoffer
Lloyd Fagerlie

DEFENDERS
Carlie De Murga
Alvaro Silva
Luke Woodland
Jesper Nyholm
Martin Steuble
Jefferson Tabinas
Mar Diano
Niko De Vera
Michael Kempter

GOALKEEPERS
Neil Etheridge (VICE-CAPTAIN)
Bernd Schipman
Kevin Ray Mendoza