- Philippine Azkals mainstay James Younghusband has announced his retirement on social media
- His retirement officially ends the Younghusband era in the Philippine football
- This also came after his brother Phil Younghusband’s retirement last year
Philippine Azkals veteran James Younghusband has announced his retirement from football; officially ending the Younghusband era in the national team.
Younghusband announced his retirement on Facebook on June 25 through a short message coupled with a series of photographs during his national team stint.
“Time to say goodbye,” the 33-year-old Azkals veteran said. His announcement has officially sealed the Younghusband era he and his brother Phil made in the Philippine football. Phil retired from the sport last year.
“Thank you for the amazing memories. I have loved playing this game,” Younghusband added. “Thank you to my family, bosses, managers, coaches, team mates, opponents and all my supporters who have been part of my professional career.”
Younghusband started his stint with the national team 2005 during the Under-23 division of the Southeast Asian Games edition that year. Before joining the senior team the following year.
The Filipino-British athlete became part of the Azkal’s defining moments during the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup and the country’s historic AFC appearance in 2019.
“I feel lucky to have experienced wonderful memories and thankful for every moment of my time with my clubs and country,” Younghusband expressed.
The Azkals also posted a short but sweet message for Younghusband on Facebook saying, “Thank you for everything, James! All the best in the future. God bless!”
According to a report, Younghusband played a total of 101 matches for the Philippine Azkals and scored 12 goals in his entire career.