South Korea 28-man squad

This week South Korea named their provisional squad for the World Cup. The squad is made up of 28 players and will be narrowed down to 23 before they head to Russia.

First-team coach Shin Taeyong announced the team and as with all good squad announcements we had a few surprises thrown in.

Like South Korea, new wonder kid Lee Seung-woo made the cut. The 20-year-old who played in the Barcelona youth team and now plays his trade in Italy for Verona FC was clearly delighted.

As the midfielder said on the call up "I have dreamed since I was a child of playing for the national team and I'm really happy".

Meanwhile, Suk Hyun-jun has missed out, as has Darmstadt’s Ji Dong-won along with former Augsburg centreback Hong Jeong-ho and Kim Kee-hee of Seattle Sounders.

It is interesting to note as South Korea have had defensive issues recently that Taeyong has selected 12 defenders within the 28. Meanwhile upfront a lot of hope will be pinned on Son. Although Jeonbuk Shin-wook has looked impressive recently and could help support Son this summer in Russia.

In all the South Korea squad does not look overly strong with not too many big names playing in Europe. It will then be a bit of an unknown quantity of a team heading to Russia. What is for sure is this side will have to be at their very best to get out of their group.

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