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S. Korean youngster among 14 overseas footballers to be called upon for Iran match

All Headlines 09:55 August 24, 2010

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- A rising young striker playing in the Netherlands is among 14 South Korean footballers based overseas who will be called to play in their country's friendly match against Iran next month, the Korea Football Association (KFA) announced Tuesday.

According to the local governing body of the sport, head coach Cho Kwang-rae has sent official requests to foreign clubs to release the 14 players for the Iran match, scheduled for Sept. 7 in Seoul.

Park Ji-sung of Manchester United, the national team captain, will join World Cup stars such as Lee Chung-yong of the Bolton Wanderers, Park Chu-young of AS Monaco, and Celtic FC teammates Ki Sung-yueng and Cha Du-ri.

The 19-year-old Suk Hyun-jun, who plays for AFC Ajax in the top-division Dutch league, could make his senior national team debut.

Suk, who previously represented South Korea on the under-20 squad, has turned heads since signing with Ajax in January this year. In nine games with Ajax's youth team, Suk netted eight goals.

In pre-season this summer, Suk went off for five goals in four matches, including one against the English Premier League club Chelsea last month.

This will be Cho's second friendly as the national team head coach. South Korea defeated Nigeria 2-1 on Aug. 11 in Cho's debut.

Two players from that game will be missing this time. Cho decided not to place a call for Lee Keun-ho of Gamba Osaka or Kim Min-woo of Sagan Tosu, both in Japan, after attending their club matches last week.

Meanwhile, another Japan-based player's stock is rising. Forward Cho Young-cheol, who made his international debut against Nigeria, will once again be asked to join South Korea after scoring in two straight games for Albirex Nigata.


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