Philippines youngster Luke Woodland described his international debut as “brilliant” after making his first appearance for the Azkals in 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers.
The 19-year-old British-born midfielder missed the opening 2-1 win over Bahrain due to eligibility issues on Fifa’s clearance, but gave a solid performance in their 2-0 victory over Yemen last week.
Woodland, who is the youngest member of the team, was deployed as trio defenders along with Jerry Lucena and Daisuke Sato, drew plaudits despite having a natural position as midfielder.
“It was a brilliant experience,” said the former Bolton Wanderers as quoted by Philstar.
“That comes with being with the squad for two weeks now. We’ve built a good relationship. I know Sato, we knew what we’re like on the pitch and what we’re like off the pitch.
“You can read what each is gonna do when you got a good relationship like that. It makes it easier for the whole team,” he added.
The wins against Bahrain and Yemen have lifted the Thomas Dooley’s men into joint first place with North Korea in their qualifying Group H.