South Korea cut Lee Chung Yong as final 23-man World Cup squad confirmed



Crystal Palace winger Lee Chung-Yong had his dreams of a third World Cup dashed on Saturday as he was one of three players cut as coach Shin Tae-Yong announced his final 23-man squad.

The Taeguk Warriors head to their Austrian training camp on Sunday without Lee as well as defenders Kwon Kyong-Won of Tianjin Quanjian in China and Kim Jin-Su of K-League champions Jeonbuk Motors.

Lee, a veteran of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, barely featured for Palace in the 2017-18 English Premier League season and that lack of game time counted against the 29-year-old.

Kwon failed to get ahead of the other central defenders named in the 28-man preliminary squad in May while Kim has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained in a March friendly against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Lee Keun-Ho and Kwon Chang-Hoon had already withdrawn from the initial roster due to injury.

The 2002 semifinalists are in Group F and kick off against Sweden on June 18 before taking on Mexico and defending champions Germany.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC).

Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors).

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United).

Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

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