MANILA -- The Philippine National Football Team is forging its strongest team in Philippine football history for its 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier versus Sri Lanka.

The first leg will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 29 and the return leg will be at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

Azkals team manager Dan Palami said this is the best preparation for the Azkals.

Palami admitted that Sri Lanka is better than Bangladesh but assured they will have stronger lineup now.

Danish Superliga player Dennis Cagara, Fil-Germans Stephan Schrock and Manny Ott, and two players from the tryouts conducted by Aly Borromeo and Anton Del Rosario in San Francisco, California, will buff up the lineup.

Forward Phil Younghusband will be back in the lineup after not included in the AFC Challenge Cup in Myanmar due to injury.

The Azkals will spend almost P15 million for the two qualifying legs against Sri Lanka. Palami said that with this value, the Azkals will need more sponsors.

Trainings will start May 9 at Alabang Country. In June 12-26, more intense training will be done in Germany, as the Azkals will face German football clubs. (Sunnex)