British-Filipino youngster Woodland excited to represent Azkals

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Luke Woodland

The young midfielder says that he is excited by the challenge of representing his country in the joint qualifiers of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup campaign.

Former Bolton Wanderers man was invited to the squad for training camp in Bahrain last March, but club commitments prevented him from making the trip.

Now, the 19-year-old British-Filipino is prepared to make the first international debut after being called-up to the 23-man team roster for the Bahrain and Yemen encounters on June 11 and 16.

“It’s a massive responsibility and I’m excited and happy,” Woodland told Inquirer. “Sometimes, it’s better to play with that pressure and responsibility, and I’m willing to carry that and I’m ready to go.

“I’ve been following Rob [Gier], the Younghusband brothers, the Greatwich brothers, and seeing how well they’ve been on the Azkals and how great of an experience it was to represent the Philippines.

Woodland previously has represented England at all youth levels from U-16 to U-18 team, but opted to don the Azkals jersey through his mother’s heritage.