Tottenham star Son Heung-min is the headline act in the 28-man provisional squad that Korea Republic have released ahead of next month's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Announcing the roster at Seoul City Hall on Monday, Shin Tae-yong said five of the 28-man squad are back-ups in case of any last-minute injuries.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is set to lead South Korea's challenge at the 2018 World Cup.
Top-rated Son scored 18 goals in all competitions this term for Spurs, who finished third in the Premier League to secure another season of Champions League football.
Winger Yeom Ki-hun, a 2010 World Cup veteran, and Jeonbuk Motors defender Kim Min-jae missed out because of injuries.
Shin plans to monitor the players for the next few weeks before they head to Austria for training on June 3. "I will try to strengthen our defense line and will build up cohesion with new players in the upcoming weeks".
In one surprise pick, Shin also included Hellas Verona's uncapped Lee Seung-woo among his initial 28, to be cut to 23 by June 4. The former Barcelona forward moved to Hellas Verona in Italy previous year and has been selected a week after scoring a first goal in Serie A.
Shin said he had seen exactly what Lee could bring to the table after coaching the South Korea squad at the Under-20 World Cup previous year.
"Even though there's not a lot of time left until the World Cup, they could make it if they impress", Shin told reporters.
South Korea has been drawn in Group F along with Germany, Sweden and Mexico.