Korea national team manager Cho Kwang-Rae announced his preliminary squad, consisting of players plying their trade away from home, for the friendly against Japan. The match will take place at Seoul Sang-Am World Cup Stadium on Oct. 12.
All of Cho’s regulars have been called up as the Koreans continue their preparation for the 2011 Asian Cup in Janury. The squad includes the captain Park Ji-Sung of Manchester United along with Bolton Wanderers winger Lee Chung-Yong. Park Chu-Young, Cha Du-Ri, and Ki Sung-Yong will also head home for the match against their arch rivals.
Suk Hyun-Jun, the 19 year-old Ajax Amsterdam striker, who was called up for the Iran friendly earlier this month has been dropped from the squad.
The final squad, with additions of selected domestic players in the K-League, is scheduled to be announced in coming days.
Preliminary squad for Japan friendly
DF: Cha Du-Ri (Celtic), Lee Young-Pyo (Al Hilal), Kwak Tae-Hwi (Kyoto Sanga), Kim Young-Gwon (FC Tokyo), Cho Yong-Hyung (Al Rayyan), Lee Jung-Soo (Al Sadd)
MF: Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United), Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers), Ki Sung-Yong (Celtic)
FW: Park Chu-Young (AS Monaco), Cho Young-Cheol (Niigata Albirex)