Park called up for Olympics

Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung will be called up as an over-age player to represent Korea Republic at the Beijing Olympics, according to the team's national coach.

"The coaching staff has decided to pick Park as a wild card," said Park Sung-hwa. "Now it's up to the willingness of the player himself and the decision of his team."

The Olympic football tournament is for U-23 players, but three older representatives are allowed.

Park's comments come a day after the head of the Korean FA announced a similar plan to include the country's English Premier League players in its squad.

"I will initiate talks with Premier League teams so the best players playing there such as Park can play in the Olympics," said Chung Mong-Joon.

Several South Koreans ply their trade in England, including Seol Ki-Hyeon of Fulham and Lee Young-Pyo of Tottenham Hotspur.

Korea Republic have been drawn alongside Italy, Cameroon and Honduras for the Olympic tournament in August.