Stephan Schrock has opened his door to a potential return to action for the Philippines national team in the near future.
The German-born midfielder previously announced his international retirement in August, following a rift with coach Thomas Dooley over diminished roles in the AFC Challenge Cup last year.
However, the possibility for an Azkals comeback emerged recently after local media reported that the 28-year-old midfielder has reconsidered his decision.
“Playing for the Azkals has never left my mind,” Schrok told Inquirer. “I love the country and I always want to play for the Philippines, but it will still be the coach’s decision.
“I texted coach to let him know I was sorry,” added Schrock. “I’m a player who always wants to win. My intention was right but the manner that I did it was not. He (Dooley) accepted it and that’s it.”
Schrock, who scored one goal in 15 appearances for Greuther Furth in the German second division last season, could boost the Azkals’ confidence ahead of 2018 World Cup qualifiers scheduled to begin in June.