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Hong Myung-bo has named a 24-man South Korea squad for next month’s international friendly with Greece.

Hong Myung-bo has named a 24-man South Korea squad for next month’s international friendly with Greece.

The Taeguk Warriors take on their fellow World Cup qualifiers in Athens on March 5 with Hong naming a strong squad.

One notable inclusion is Arsenal striker Park Chu-young who has been recalled despite not playing for his country since February 2013.

The 28-year old, who has netted 23 goals in 61 international outings, is currently on loan with Championship side Watford which has helped Hong make the decision to select him once again.

"I agonised over this decision," Hong told reporters on Wednesday. "I spoke to him on the phone a few times.

"Though he's not playing at the moment, I figured he is still in decent form, and it wouldn't be a problem to have him on our time."

South Korea’s usual suspects Ki Sung-yeung (Sunderland), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton), Cha Du-ri (FC Seoul) and Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz) plus young guns Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen) and Ji Dong-won (FC Augsburg) have all been included for the trip to Greece.

The Taeguk Warriors are preparing for this year’s World Cup in Brazil where they will take on Belgium, Russia and Algeria in Group H.

South Korea squad for Greece friendly

Goalkeepers

Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings)
Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka)
Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai)

Defenders

Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal)
Hong Jeong-ho (Augusburg)
Hwang Seok-ho (Hirosima Sanfrecce)
Cha Du-ri (FC Seoul)
Kim Jin-soo (Albirex Niigata)
Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai)
Park Joo-ho (FSV Mainz 05)
Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Midfielders

Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City)
Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan)
Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz 05)
Lee Chung-yong (Bolton)
Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland)
Nam Tae-hee (Lekhwiya SC)
Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F)
Han Kook-young (Shonan Bellmare)

Forwards

Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)
Ji Dong-won (Augusburg)
Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu)
Park Chu-young (Watford)
Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai)

 
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