Son leads defence-heavy South Korea squad

Son leads defence-heavy South Korea squad

Tottenham star Son Heung-min is the headline act in the 28-man provisional squad that Korea Republic have released ahead of next month's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Head Coach Shin Taeyong has included Europe-based stars Heung-Min Son, Ki Sung-Yueng, and Chung-Yong Lee.

You can see the 28-man South Korea squad below...

The 25-year-old Son, who scored 18 goals for Tottenham this season, is the Asian Football Confederation's International Player of the Year and was a member of South Korea's World Cup campaign in 2014. There were also surprise call-ups for three players who have yet to play for the senior team, including Lee Seung-woo of Hellas Verona.

"Even though there's not a lot of time left until the World Cup, they could make it if they impress", Shin told reporters.

Shin, 49, said he had planned to forgo a preliminary squad and name just 23 players but injuries had forced him to shuffle his pack.

The Taeguk Warriors reached the semi-finals when South Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup, but they struggled in qualifying and have been drawn against Sweden, Mexico and holders Germany in a tough Group F.

"I am more aware of his strong points and weaknesses than anyone else after going through the Under-20 World Cup together", Shin added.

Other players included for their first World Cup squad are Jeju United defender Oh Ban-suk and Moon Seon-min, a midfielder with Incheon United. The team will play four friendly matches before its opening match against Sweden on June 18th.

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