South Korea announce preliminary 28-man squad

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min was named in South Korea’s 28-man preliminary squad

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South Korea have announced their 28-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Spurs star Son was named along with Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City, just relegated from the English Premier League, and FC Augsburg's Koo Ja-cheol as Shin rolled out his Europe-based senior players.

Meanwhile, ex-Barcelona starlet Lee Seung-Woo also makes the first group, which must be whittled down to 23 by June 4, with the tournament starting on June 14. Announcing the roster at Seoul City Hall on Monday, Shin Tae-yong said five of the 28-man squad are back-ups in case of any last-minute injuries.

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A flurry of injuries to several players including Kim Min-jae and Yeom Ki-hun forced Shin to change his plans for the lineup. The former Barcelona forward moved to Hellas Verona in Italy past year and has been selected a week after scoring a first goal in Serie A.

"These three players may never have played for us, but they can also go to the World Cup if they can show impressive performances with us", the coach said.

Shin said he had seen exactly what Lee could bring to the table after coaching the South Korea squad at the Under-20 World Cup a year ago.

The are scheduled to play tune-up matches against Honduras, Bosnia, Bolivia and Senegal before meeting Sweden in their opening Group F encounter in Nizhny Novgorod on June 18.

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