Philippines hopes Chelsea releases Younghusband

After a second place finish in the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Championship qualifier, the Philippine national football squad is upbeat on its chances of making it to the top two of the next round in Thailand. But will top goal scorer Philip Younghusband see action for the team when it battles Malaysia on 12 January, Thailand on 14 January and Myanmar on 16 January?

In an interview with Henry C. Villalva of the Sun.Star Bacolod, Younghusband said his presence in the RP lineup during the Thailand campaign will depend on his English Premier League club Chelsea. "I would want to continue playing for the country but the reality is that it will have to depend on whether I will be allowed to play by my club," he said. The Philippine Football Federation will ask Chelsea to release Younghusband but PFF president Juan Miguel Romualdez believes the player's particiapation is doubtful.