James Younghusband announces retirement from football

Filipino football star James Younghusband has announced his retirement from the game of football.

In a post on his social media pages, the 33-year old said it was the right time to step away from the game that helped bring him and Philippine football back to the country’s forefront.

“Time to say goodbye. Thank you for the amazing memories. I have loved playing this game,” said Younghusband, who teamed up with brother Phil to lift up the Azkals to new heights.

After initially honing his skills with the youth team at the English football club, Chelsea, Younghusband began playing for the national team in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. In all, he suited 101 times for the Philippines, registering a total of 12 goals. He last saw action for the Philippine side in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup last year.

In local tournaments, Younghusband has also spent time playing for Loyola Meralco, San Beda FC, Meralco Manila, Davao Aguilas and Ceres-Negros.

In his post, Younghusband was appreciative of everyone who was involved in his career and all the memories he has had because of those opportunities.

“Thank you to my family, bosses, managers, coaches, team mates, opponents and all my supporters who have been part of my professional career,” he said. “I feel lucky to have experienced wonderful memories and thankful for every moment of my time with my clubs and country.” (JNP)