Korea Republic coach Huh Jung-Moo has stressed the door is not closed for those players on the fringe of the national team for the FIFA World Cup™ this summer, despite naming a predominantly locally-based squad for the upcoming East Asian Championships.
There were few surprises in the roster that is comprised of players who ply their trade in the K-League and J.League as the defending champions prepare to face Japan, China and Hong Kong at the four-nation tournament. While English Premier League stars Park Ji-Sung and Lee Chung-Yong are unavailable due to their club commitments, Huh stressed the likes of Lee Chun-soo and Ahn Jung-hwan can still make his FIFA World Cup squad despite being overlooked for the East Asian Championships.
"I have said a number of times that the door is always open and I am keeping an eye on them," Huh said of Lee and Ahn. "One problem is that Lee plays in Saudi Arabia with Al Nasr while Ahn Jung-hwan plies his trade in China with Dalian Shide. There are not too many opportunities to watch them but both are experienced players."
The East Asian Championships take place in Tokyo from 6 to 14 February.