Korean national football squad revealed ahead of key World Cup qualifying matches

Korean national football squad revealed ahead of key World Cup qualifying matches

Korea’s men’s national football team has two
more qualifying matches left for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. For now they’re on course for a group spot,
but only by one point. The team’s new coach has announced his roster
for those two matches, and much to the relief of fans it includes Son Heung-min, who’s recovered
from a serious arm injury. Won Jung-hwan with the details. South Korean National Team head coach Shin
Taeyong has named his squad on Monday for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualification
matches against Iran, on August 31st, and Uzbekistan on September 5th. Shin, who took over the national team after
Uli Stielike was sacked last month, was originally scheduled to announce his squad on August
21st. But he has decided to call-up the players
a week earlier to prepare for the two key matches. Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, whose inclusion
had been in doubt as he is recovering from a fractured forearm, was in the 26-man squad. As was 38-year-old forward Lee Dong-gook,
currently at K-league side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who could become the second oldest
player to ever play for the Korean national team. “The selection of these 26 players is entirely
based upon our coaching staffs’ analysis, considering the players’ ability, condition
and suitability for my style of football.”… “If we do not qualify, it will be a huge obstacle
and let-down for the national football team. That is why I am prepared to give everything
for the two games ahead. I think we will have good results in the end
because our coaching staff is giving everything to win against Iran and Uzbekistan.” Korea’s qualification campaign is currently
on a knife-edge. Only two teams from Korea’s group advance
directly to the World Cup. Korea currently occupy that second automatic
qualification spot, with thirteen points, but Uzbekistan are just one point behind them
on twelve. If Korea finish third, they will still have
a shot at going to the World Cup, but only if they win some very tricky playoff matches. “Korea has qualified for the last eight world
cups. Whether they can extend that streak to nine
rests on the shoulders of the players selected today. Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News.”

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