MANILA (18 Oct 2010) - Neil Etheridge will likely win a place as the man between the posts for the Philippines when they open their campaign in this year’s qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup which will be played in Vientiane, Laos later this week.
Etheridge, who played at the last qualifiers in Cambodia, has been named as part of the squad while Stephan Schrock will play no part in the qualifiers as he is still processing his documents.
Neil Etheridge, the Filipino-British goalkeeper, has been allowed by his London-based club Fulham to join the RP team for the four-nation meet.
The 20-year-old Etheridge has cracked the Fulham first team this season after a four-year stint with the reserve squad, and is already the second-choice keeper behind Australian Mark Schawrzer.
Etheridge, who kept a clean sheet in his first three matches for the national team, said he would miss only one English Premiere League game to play for the Suzuki Cup.
The Philippines kick off their campaign against Timor Leste on Friday, before playing Cambodia on 24 Oct and Laos on 26 Oct.
Midfielder Manny Ott, who plays in the German second division for FC Ingolstadt 04, is also among the notable additions to the Philippines team that are coming off a third place finish in the Long Teng Cup in Taiwan last week.
PHILIPPINES PROVISIONAL LIST
Ian Araneta, Michael Atienza, Jerry Barbaso, Yanti Barsales, David Basa, Joebel Bermejo, Alexandre Borromeo, Emilio Caligdong, Christopher Camcam, Jose Caminos, Jason de Jong, Anton del Rosario, Neil Etheridge, Mark Ferrer, Roel Gener, Rob Gier, Peter Jaugan, Ray Jonsson, Nestorio Margarse, Manuel Ott, Rey Palmes, Gino Pavone, Kristopher Relucio, Eduar Sacapano, Phil Younghusband, James Younghusband.