The Philippines star Stephan Schrock has revealed that he is glad to be back with the national team since his ‘temporary’ international retirement in last August.
During the Azkals training preparation for the upcoming joint qualifiers of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup, the 28-year-old midfielder has expressed his excitement to don the national jersey again.
“I’m just happy to be back,” said Schrock was quoted by Inquirer. “Playing for the Philippines never left my mind. It’s something that’s close to my heart.”
The German-born also declared that the relationship between him and coach Thomas Dooley after a falling out in the wake of the AFC Challenge Cup loss last year has been very good following his recall.
“I’m committed to help the team be successful,” said the Greuther Furth ace, who has been capped 17 times since his international debut back in June 2011.
The Azkals were drawn into Group H along with Uzbekistan, Yemen, North Korea and will open their qualifiers’ campaign against Bahrain at the Philippine Sports Stadium Bocaue on June 11.