South Korea finalizes World Cup roster

South Korea coach Huh Jung-moo has named his final World Cup squad of 23 players.

South Korea coach Huh Jung-moo has named his final World Cup squad of 23 players.

The list was reduced from 26, with midfielders Ku Ja-cheol of Jeju United and Pohang Steelers' Shin Hyung-min missing the cut, along with Japan-based striker Lee Keun-ho.

Defender Kang Min-soo was back on the list to replace Kwak Tae-hwi, who injured his knee in Sunday's 1-0 warm-up loss to Belarus.

Striker Lee Dong-gook made the final team despite not being fully recovered from a hamstring injury.

The final squad was released early Tuesday by the Korea Football Association in Seoul to meet FIFA's June 1 deadline.

"I have considered the opinions of the coaching staff and the medical and physical teams," Huh said from the team's Austrian training camp. "Lee Keun-ho hasn't been able to get over his poor run of form. Shin Hyung-min didn't look sharp against Belarus, and it's unfortunate but Ku Ja-cheol wasn't selected."

The 2002 World Cup semifinalists face European champion Spain in a warmup match on Thursday in Innsbruck before leaving for South Africa and Group B games with Greece on June 12, Argentina five days later and Nigeria on June 22.


Goalkeepers: Kim Young-kwang (Ulsan), Lee Woon-jae (Suwon), Jung Sung-ryong (Seongnam).

Defenders: Kim Dong-jin (Ulsan), Kim Hyung-il (Pohang), Oh Beom-seok (Ulsan), Lee Young-pyo (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia), Lee Jung-soo (Kashima, Japan), Cha Du-ri (Freiburg, Germany) Cho Yong-hyung (Jeju United) Kang Min-soo (Suwon).

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yong (Celtic, Scotland), Kim Bo-kyung (Oita, Japan), Kim Nam-il (Tomsk, Russia), Kim Jae-sung (Pohang), Kim Jung-woo (Gwangju), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton, England), Park Ji-sung (Manchester United, England).

Forwards: Park Chu-young (Monaco, France), Ahn Jung-hwan (Dalian, China), Lee Seung-ryul (Seoul), Yeom Ki-hun, (Suwon), Lee Dong-gook (Jeonbuk).