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Ex-England captain Butcher named Philippines boss ahead of Asian Cup

AFP  |  Manila 

Ex-England has been named as the new of the as the Azkals prepare to make their Asian Cup debut early next year.

The former defender, who played in three World Cups, replaces former USA Thomas Dooley, whose four-year reign ended on March 18, officials announced late Thursday.

A post on the team's page hailed the appointment of as well as Sheffield-born Scott Cooper, who was named as senior advisor.

Butcher, 59, is best known for captaining England in a 1989 World against Sweden, when he bravely played on with a and blood-spattered kit after splitting his forehead in an aerial collision.

His first major test will be November's AFF Suzuki Cup, the Southeast Asian championship, before January's Asian Cup, where the are grouped with China, and

Dooley, who took charge in 2014, guided the Azkals -- local slang for feral dogs -- to their first ever Asian Cup qualification as they climbed 12 places in the world rankings to 115th as of January.

But Dooley but also publicly squabbled with one of his players, Philippine Stephan Schrock, who was later dropped.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 09:55 IST