Philippines striker Philip Younghusband insists every team at the Suzuki Cup 2012 are evenly-matched regardless of their position in the FIFA world ranking
Philippines’ Group A which includes Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar has been touted as the "group of death", yet Younghusband is of the opinion that Group B would be just as arduous.
"Among the eight teams, anyone can beat anyone," the England-born forward told The Philippine Star. "Whether we drew Vietnam or Thailand, whether we drew Indonesia or Malaysia, I think both groups are tough. I don’t see one group more difficult than the other."
Philippines head into the tournament as the second highest ranked South-east Asian team in the FIFA world ranking at 143rd, behind 138th-ranked Vietnam (138th) and ahead of former South-East Asia leaders Thailand who sit at 152nd.
Despite that, Younghusband has tried to lessen the hype on their ranking.
"I don’t think world ranking will really make a difference on the day of the match," Younghusband continued, "It depends on the team you will bring.
"Sometimes we have players available who can play teams in the high 100s, sometimes we don’t. So I don’t think ranking will really matter. But psychologically, it does show the progress of Philippine football.”
Younghusband has joined up with the national squad along with his brother James Younghusband after settling their recent dispute with the team’s management for rejecting a call-up to the Peace Cup squad.
“We have already spoken to boss Dan [Palami] and coach Weiss [Michael Weiss]. It’s a matter of communication," Younghusband added.
"Me and James will make sure we communicate on even more detailed level as communication is important. Everything’s in the past now and we look forward to the future and rise of [Philippine] football.”