Azkals' James Younghusband announces retirement from football

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 25) — The Younghusband era has ended in Philippine football.

James Younghusband announced his retirement from the game Thursday on his social media accounts, months after his brother Phil decided to call it a career on the pitch.

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"Time to say goodbye. Thank you for the amazing memories. I have loved playing this game," he said.

"Thank you to my family, bosses, managers, coaches, team mates, opponents and all my supporters who have been part of my professional career," he added.

The 33-year old midfielder started his national team career with the U-23 squad in 2005 before joining the senior team the following year.

Younghusband played in 101 matches for the Philippine Azkals and scored 12 goals. He was an integral part of the renaissance of Philippine football, which included the breakthrough performance in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam and the historic AFC Asian Cup berth in 2019.

He also suited up for club teams San Beda FC, Loyola Meralco Sparks, Davao Aguilas, and Ceres Negros FC.