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Lee Named In Preliminary World Cup Squad

14 May 2018

Eagles midfielder Chung-yong Lee has been called up to South Korea’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Korean coach Tae-yong Shin has named 28 players in his initial party, and will cut that figure by five on 2nd June following warm-up games against Honduras and Bosnia and Herzegovina on home soil.

The 2002 semi-finalists will then play friendlies against Bolivia and Senegal in Austria before the tournament kicks off, with South Korea drawn in a competitive group alongside Sweden, Mexico and Germany.

Lee completed a half-century of Palace games against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, with his late substitute appearance being his 10th of the campaign. Speaking of his inclusion in the squad, Shin said: "Lee is a player with merit. He has experience of playing at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and has excellent individual skill."

Lee has won 78 caps for his nation, scoring eight goals, and played eight times on their way to securing qualification to a ninth successive World Cup. He has been joined in the squad by fellow British based players Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yueng of Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City respectively.

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