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Leverkusen's Son welcomes South Korean expectations

Son Heung-min is aware that the South Korean public will expect the national team to perform well at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Taeguk Warriors take on Belgium, Algeria and Russia in Group H of the Brazil tournament and Bayer Leverkusen ace Son believes the squad is good enough to meet the expectations of the people back in his homeland.

The 21-year old is preparing for his first World Cup and is eagerly anticipating the build up to world football's biggest event.

"I'm focusing on my own performance and that of the team," Son told

"Of course the expectations in South Korea are very high, but we've got to live with that. We're going to work hard now during our preparations.

"The World Cup's a fantastic tournament and it's going to be my first, but we need a bit of a break now at the end of the Bundesliga season. I've played a lot of games."

Of South Korea's chances against the Belgians, Algerians and Russians, Son added: "It's a tough group, but we also have a good, young team.

"Many players play in Europe and there's a good blend. We get on well and the preparations are now going to be important. The main thing now is that I don't injure myself.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing how things go in Brazil."

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