Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Coach Names 28-Man Roster for Next Month's World Cup

Coach Names 28-Man Roster for Next Month's World Cup

With AP Photos.Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is set to lead South Korea's challenge at the 2018 World Cup.

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Other famous names in Shin Tae-yong's 28-man list - which will have to be trimmed to 23 by June 4 - include captain Ki Sung-yueng, who just parted ways with recently-relegated Premier League outfit Swansea, FC Augsburg midfielder Koo Ja-cheol and Dijon's rising star Kwon Chang-hoon.

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.

A flurry of injuries to several players including Kim Min-jae and Yeom Ki-hun forced Shin to change his plans for the lineup.

South Korean men's national football head coach Shin Tae-yong speaks during a press conference at Seoul City Hall announcing his 28-man preliminary World Cup roster
Coach Names 28-Man Roster for Next Month's World Cup

Shin also handed a first senior call-up to exciting young winger Lee Seung-woo, who was regarded as one of Barcelona's most promising talents at its La Masia youth academy before he made the switch to Italy's Hellas Verona previous year.

Shin will have to cut five players from the squad before the start of the World Cup.

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

Over the next month, South Korea will play four worldwide friendlies before their first World Cup game against Sweden on June 18th. The team will play four friendly matches before its opening match against Sweden on June 18th.

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