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South Korea’s Lee Seung-woo (L) fights for the ball with Honduras’ Alfredo Mejia (C) during their friendly match in Deagu on May 28, 2018.

Verona youngster Lee makes final South Korea World Cup 23

Sun, June 03, 2018 12:49

SEOUL, June 3, 2018 (News Wires) - South Korea left Sunday for their pre-World Cup camp with youngster Lee Seung-woo in their final 23-man squad and Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yeung named as captain.

Tottenham’s talismanic forward Son Heung-min leads the Taeguk Warriors front line, though Crystal Palace midfielder Lee Chung-yong failed to make it to a third World Cup when he was cut late Saturday from the 28-man provisional squad before they departed for a pre-World Cup camp in Austria.

Lee Seung-woo, the 20-year-old winger who plays for Verona in Italy, was the surprise name retained in the 23 after making his debut just six days ago in Monday’s 2-0 friendly win over Honduras.

He did enough in Friday’s disappointing 3-1 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina to convince coach Shin Tae-yong to give him the nod for the tournament in Russia, which begins on June 14.

South Korea will have two further warm-up matches, against Bolivia in Innsbruck on Thursday and against Senegal behind closed doors in Grodig on June 11, before flying to their World Cup base camp in Saint Petersburg on June 12.

The 2002 World Cup semi-finalists have been drawn in a tough Group F where they will open their campaign against Sweden in Nizhny Novgorod on June 18.

They then face Mexico on June 23 in Rostov-on-Don before taking on the might of defending champions Germany on June 27 in Kazan.

 

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