MANILA - Stephan Schroeck still wants to play for the Philippine Azkals -- as long as Thomas Dooley is not the national football team's coach.
The Filipino-German midfielder, in a Facebook post Monday night, denied that he no longer wants to be an Azkals player.
"It's not true that I don't wanna play for Philippines anymore. It was always a pleasure for me and I feel still honored to have the possibility to play for my country, the country where my heart belongs," he said.
He also mentioned the reason why he won't be part of the national XI for the meantime.
"I wanna be honest to you, cause you deserve the truth. As long as coach (Thomas) Dooley will lead the team, I won't wear the jersey of Azkals again," he said.
Schroeck did not explain why he doesn't want to play under the American manager, who recently replaced Michael Weiss.
"I'm still one of you, and I'm proud to be one of you!I wish u all the best, for the football and for the team!" he said, adding that he hopes to join the Azkals again in the future.
The Azkals, in a media statement, earlier said Schrock told Dooley and Azkals management of his decision to "resign" from the team on Sunday night.
“Dooley and team manager Dan Palami regret the decision of Schrock but they accept and respect his desire to pursue new challenges,” the Azkals’ official statement said.
“They, likewise, express their deep gratitude for Schroeck's commitment to the Azkals and his contribution to the team and raising football awareness in the country,” it added.
Dooley has yet to issue a statement on the issue.