Park Ji-sung recalled by South Korea

October 2, 2008

Park Ji-sung has earned a national recall after being named in South Korea's 29-man preliminary squad for their World Cup qualifier against United Arab Emirates on October 15.

The Manchester United star was omitted from the team that drew 1-1 with North Korea in September as he was returning from injury.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Lee Young-pyo, now of Borussia Dortmund, also returns but Fulham's Seol Ki-hyeon and Monaco's Park Chu-young have been left out.

"Lee Young-pyo has lots of experience and is adapting to Germany well," said coach Huh Jung-moo after returning from a trip to watch his overseas-based players.

"Park Chu-young needs a little more time to get used to his new club and league."

West Bromwich Albion's Kim Do-heon suffered serious knee ligament damage against Middlesbrough last weekend and will not make the trip while Lee Chun-soo is also injured.

Coach Huh has called up a number of new faces with the Jeonbuk Motors pair of Lim Yoo-hwan and Kim Hyeung-beom and Jung Sung-hoon and Park Hee-do of Busan I'Park rewarded for their recent good form in the K-League.

Park Hyeon-beom of Suwon Bluewings could also make his international debut.

"There are a lot of players who are improving in the squad and we also have players with experience," added Huh.

South Korea will face Uzbekistan in a friendly four days before the match against UAE, who are bottom of Group One with two defeats in as many two games.

Squad: Kim Yong-dae (Gwangju), Kim Young-gwang (Ulsan), Jung Sung-ryong (Seongnam), Yeom Dong-gyun (Chunnam); Kwak Tae-hwi (Chunnam), Kang Min-soo (Jeonbuk), Jo Yong-hyung (Jeju), Kim Jin-kyu (Seoul), Kim Dong-jin (Zenit St Petersburg), Park Won-jae (Pohang), Lee Young-pyo (Borussia Dortmund), Kim Chi-woo (Seoul), Oh Beom-seok (Krylia Sovetov), Choi Hyo-jin (Pohang), Lim Yoo-hwan (Jeonbuk); Jo Won-hee (Suwon), Lee Chung-yong (Seoul), Ki Sung-yong (Seoul), Kim Jung-woo (Seongnam), Park Hyeon-beom (Suwon), Kim Hyung-beom (Jeonbuk), Park Ji-sung (Manchester United), Park Hee-do (Busan), Song Jeong-hyun (Chunnam); Jung Sung-hoon (Busan), Lee Geun-ho (Daegu), Shin Young-rok (Suwon), Seo Dong-hyun (Suwon), Jung Jo-gook (Seoul).