Korea to Play Friendlies Next Month with Overseas-Based Players Only

  • By Chang Min-seok

    September 26, 2017 10:24

    A roster for the Korean national football team's two upcoming friendlies was announced on Monday.
    The 23-man roster consists entirely of overseas-based players, raising doubts over the team's prospects, as the lineup lacks a handful of key offensive players. Defending his decision, manager Shin Tae-yong said his options were limited with the K-League season currently at a critical point.
    Ji Dong-won of FC Augsburg and Hwang Ui-jo of Gamba Osaka are the only two strikers on the roster. Ji has spent all season on the bench, while Hwang has scored just two goals in 11 games. "Ji is struggling to get playing time, but I wanted to test him out this time," Shin said.
    National football team manager Shin Tae-yong speaks at a press conference in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap
    The roster also includes midfielder Lee Chung-yong of Crystal Palace and Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City in the English Premier League, who have also been deprived of playing time due to injuries. 
    Several defenders who had been overlooked previously, including Yun Suk-young of Kashiwa Reysol, Oh Jae-suk of Gamba Osaka and Rim Chang-woo of Al Wahda FC, were included this time. 
    Korea will face Russia in Moscow on Oct. 7 and Morocco on Oct. 10.
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