Neil Etheridge, will he be the 1st SEA player in the EPL?

FatLampardFatLampard The Lion of Stamford Bridge PExer

Name: Neil Leonard Dula Etheridge
Date of birth: 7 February 1990
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Fulham F.C. (English Premier League)
Caps: 10 Goals: 0

Club career

Etheridge began his career as a youth player at Chelsea, where he was also teammates with eventual Philippine internationals Phil Younghusband and James Younghusband. He started out as a forward but eventually switched to a goalkeeper after being asked by his youth coach. At the age of 15, he moved to local rivals Fulham and by July 2006, he signed professional forms for the club.

In September 2008, Etheridge signed for Isthmian League Division One South club Leatherhead on loan for the entire 2008–09 season and made his debut in the 2–1 home defeat to Metropolitan Police.

Senior Call-up

On September 11, 2010 Etheridge nearly became the first South-East Asian player to play in the English Premier League when he was named on the Fulham bench v.s. Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was due to first-choice keeper David Stockdale being injured and second-choice Mark Schwarzer was called to play.

International career

Etheridge is a former England U-16 international, having featured in the Victory Shield as a 16 year old. Despite representing England at youth level, he was still eligible to represent the Philippines through his mother.

In 2007, Etheridge received an invitation to play for the Philippines but declined the offer as he wasn't too keen on the idea and didn't know the language or the players. He was again invited in early 2008, this time by the new Philippine Football Federation president Jose Mari Martinez. He eventually accepted the invitation after speaking to the new manager and learning about the set up, as well as being convinced by Phil Younghusband that he'll enjoy the experience.

Etheridge made his full international debut in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers playing in all three matches. He kept three clean sheets but the Philippines still failed to qualify with an inferior goal difference to group winners, Tajikistan.


  • tsong_gotsong_go WELL.... PExer
    of Southeast Asian descent or capped by a Southeast Asian country?

    EDIT: on second thought, i think that it is the latter. I shouldn't have asked an obvious one.:rotflmao: von Bronckhorst came to mind about the former.
  • FatLampardFatLampard The Lion of Stamford Bridge PExer
    capped by a Southeast Asian country :) hahaha si von Bronckhorst kasi Netherlands team niya

    cge palitan ko ang title :)

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