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Right back ready to play on left in int'l debut

All Headlines 19:49 August 29, 2016

By Joo Kyung-don

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korean right back Oh Jae-suk said Monday he is ready to play on the left side when he makes his international debut against China in the final Asian World Cup qualifying round.

Oh is one of the 20 players called up for South Korea's World Cup qualifier against China on Thursday and Syria five days later. This is the first time that the defender has been named to the senior team squad. The 26-year-old previously received a call-up from head coach Uli Stielike in March, but was later dropped with a thigh injury.

"I'm going put aside my personal feelings, and will make an all-out effort for my team's victory," Oh said at Seoul World Cup Stadium before the team training session.

Oh said he knows South Korea's full back situation isn't ideal, especially on the left side, and he is ready to defend the flanks. Both Park Joo-ho and Kim Jin-su, two left backs who had been getting regular call-ups from Stielike, weren't selected this time after they struggled to get into action for their Bundesliga clubs.

"I know we are in an unusual situation, but I will do my best to show that I can perform like those who play in Europe," Oh said.

Oh emphasized he has been mainly playing left back for his Japanese club Gamba Osaka, so there should be no problem covering the left flank. The former Gangwon FC player, also a part of the 2012 Olympic bronze-medal team, added he is also confident of defending Chinese players because he had faced them at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.

"Good full backs show good defense," he said. "I want to help my team get a clean sheet for the match."


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