Neil has already had his debut game for Fulham. He took the position of Fulham's first goalie, Mark Schwarzer, who was injured.
Neil made some key saves against Odense enabling Fulham to get a 2-0 advantage, but Odense made a furious comeback in the 2nd half to tie the score at 2-2 and eventually forced a draw....
"The Philippines is slowly being noticed by the international football fans" according to Neil Etheridge when he was asked about his playing debut with Fulham FC a few days ago in his post game interview.
He said in the interview that:
"It's not just a personal achievement, it has really put the Philippines on the map. I watched some of the highlights, and they were talking about the Philippines a lot, and things like that in the build-up."
Neil also added that:
"It was great to make people aware that the Philippines has a football team and I'm a part of it. I'm happy and throughout my career, I'm going to take Filipino football forward. I want to take the national team with me. I think the more I progress, the more the team will progress and I'm sure other players will come in and fill the gap in the same way. Hopefully, I can be one of many playing in the Premiership or in other leagues in the world."
Wow! We really have an instant Philippine Football ambassador in the person of our very own Philippine Azkal Goalie, Neil Etheridge.
Neil is really proud to be a Filipino and to be a member of the Philippine Azkals. He is not ashamed to represent the Philippines even if he's wearing a Fulham soccer jersey. He is really a Filipino by heart and by soul.
I just hope that everything will be okay for him in Fulham FC so that the Philippines will have a representative in the Europa League. Good-luck and God Bless Neil!