January 03, 2014 10:20
National team manager Hong Myung-bo has almost finalized his squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but there are still opportunities for others to shine and make the cut, he said on Thursday.
"Eighty percent of the roster for the World Cup has been worked out, but our overseas training camp six months prior to the tournament will give players a new opportunity [to earn their place]," he said.
Hong also unveiled the list of 23 players who will participate in the three-week training camp in Brazil and the U.S. from Jan. 13. They include 20 K-Leaguers and three players from Japan's J-League.
Those who play in Europe, the Middle East and China, such as Son Heung-min and Koo Ja-cheol, will not be able to attend the camp due to conflicting schedules.
The squad will leave for Brazil on Jan. 13 and start the first leg of training in Foz do Iguaçu, where the team will be based during the World Cup.
They will move to Los Angeles on Jan. 21 for phase two of the camp and return to Korea on Feb. 3. The trip will include friendlies against Costa Rica on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles, Mexico on Jan. 29 in San Antonio, and the U.S. in Carson on Feb. 1.
Forwards Lee Keun-ho and Kim Shin-wook, goalkeepers Jung Sung-ryong, Kim Seung-gyu and Lee Bum-young, and midfielder Park Jong-woo are likely to be selected for the final squad of the World Cup.
Two other standout picks are Yeom Ki-hun, who competed in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and Lee Ho, who played at the earlier tournament in Germany in 2006.
"Most of the players I chose for the national team last year were highly talented but lacked experience. We need veterans like Yeom and Lee for the World Cup, so I want to give them a chance," said Hong.
"Those who play in overseas leagues should not be complacent and need to realize that they may not get selected at all if they do not play and improve with their respective clubs," he added.
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