October 31, 2017 10:24
Korean national football team manager Shin Tae-yong on Monday announced the final roster for the team's upcoming friendlies with Colombia and Serbia.
Shin said he had put together his personal best squad for the matches, unlike in the two previous matches, where he had to assemble a team exclusively from overseas-based players.
Veteran striker Lee Dong-gook of Jeonbuk Hyundai, who on Sunday scored his 200th K-League goal, was left out of the team. "I believe a striker should be able to run, hustle, and fight on the frontline -- something I don't see much in Lee," Shin said. "It's time to let the legend go."
Like his predecessor as coach, Uli Stielike, Shin favored Lee Jeong-hyeop of Busan Ipark. Shin sees him as a player with good stamina and the ability to utilize and penetrate space in the back.
Koo Ja-cheol of FC Augsburg, Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City, and Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur also made the team.
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