World Cup Qualifiers: Woodland cleared to play for Azkals

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Luke Woodland has been declared eligible to represent the Philippines by the FIFA Players' Status Committee in a letter to the PFF dated June 15.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has announced on early Tuesday morning (June 16) that the FIFA Players' Status Committee has cleared Luke Woodland to represent the Philippines in international competitions.

This decision comes just before the World Cup Qualifying fixture of the Azkals against Yemen in Doha, Qatar.

Woodland's case proved to be lengthier than expected due to requiring clearances from the English, Scottish, Northern Irish, and Welsh football associations.

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Stephan Palla required a similar procedure before being able to suit up for the Azkals, but only had to secure clearance from the Austrian football association.

Prior to declaring his interest in playing for the Philippines, Woodland represented England at the under-16, under-17, and under-18 levels.

The eligibility of Woodland comes as a boost for the Azkals after losing the services of Stephan Schrock and Simone Rota due to injuries.

If selected, Woodland will make his debut for the Philippines late on Tuesday against Yemen at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha.

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