Ramsay commits to Philippines

Ramsay, whose contract with A-League outfit Melbourne City concluded at the end of last season, has spoken in the past of his desire to turn out for the country of his birth, but a recent rethink will see him turn out for Philippines rather than Australia.

The 27-year-old has been called up to the Azkals squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bahrain and Yehmen, and looks set to make his debut for Tom Dooley's side.

Ramsay admits that the decision to represent Philippines, where his mother was born, was a difficult one, but it's a decision he is confident is the right one.

"It wasn't an easy decision, but I have made my mind up to play for the Philippines and I'm 100 percent committed," Ramsay told ESPN FC.

"(Coach) Thomas Dooley has been in touch with me for some time now, eager to get me to play for the Azkals. I've followed the team now for the past two years, with their results and recruitments, and I feel now is the right time for me to represent them."

The Sydney native believes that he can do a lot more than just make up the numbers in the Philippines squad, and with extensive experince in the A-League he provides Dooley with an experinced option in the midfield.

"I can offer a lot to the Azkals, on the attacking side of the team, as a player who likes to score goals and create goals," he said.

"I believe with the squad that Thomas Dooley and the coaching staff have put together, we can cause some major upsets and create some surprises."

Philippines face an uphill battle to qualify for the World Cup, having been placed in Group H alongside Uzbekistan, North Korea, Yemen and Bahrain. The Azkals will need to top the group or finish as one of four best second-place finishes if they are to progress to the next round of qualifying.

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