Korea Republic will call up three of their English Premier League stars for next week's FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against North Korea in Shanghai, it was announced Monday.
Park Ji-Sung of Manchester United, Fulham's Seol Ki-Hyeon and Lee Young-Pyo of Tottenham Hotspur will join the national squad for the regional qualifier on 26 March, the Korea Football Association (KFA) said on its website.
Lee Dong-Gook of Middlesborough will miss the game. He was barred from the national team for a year last November following a drinking scandal during the AFC Asian Cup.
The three England-based players lifted Korea Republic to a 4-0 win over Turkmenistan in the 6 February opener of the third FIFA World Cup qualifying round. The KFA said Kim Do-Hyun of England's West Bromwich Albion and Kim Nam-Il of Japan's Vissel Kobe would also be called up for the match.
The two Koreas are in Group C along with Jordan and Turkmenistan. North Korea defeated Jordan 1-0 on 6 February, raising the chances of the two divided nations jointly advancing to the FIFA World Cup.
North and South Korea have remained technically at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended only with an armistice and not a peace treaty.