On-loan Arsenal striker Park Chuyoung got the nod for Korea Republic's 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign when he was included in a youthful squad for the tournament in Brazil on Thursday.
Park, currently at Watford and back in favour after a row over his national service, was among nine Europe-based players included in coach Hong Myungbo's final, 23-man line-up.
The 28-year-old is one of just five survivors from Korea Republic's run to the last 16 in 2010, and Kwak Taehwi, 32, is the only player aged over 30.
Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heungmin and Koo Jacheol of Mainz will join Park in attack, while Sunderland's Ki Sungyueng, Cardiff's Kim Boyyung and Bolton's Lee Chungyong were also picked.
Six domestic-based players made the cut, including Ulsan Hyundai forward Kim Shinwook, the reigning K-League Classic MVP, and 2012 Asian Player of the Year Lee Keunho.
"It's a young team but our players don't lack in experience," said Hong. "They all play in competitive leagues. This may not be Korea's greatest World Cup squad ever assembled but I can assure you we will work hard to be one."
Park, with 24 goals in 62 matches, now has his chance to play against Algeria, Belgium and Russia in Group H - a prospect which seemed remote during his spell on the Arsenal bench.
But Park, after loan periods at Celta Vigo and now Watford, played his way into contention by scoring the winner against Greece in a friendly in March.
Ki, who is on loan at Sunderland from Swansea City, is likely to be reunited with Guangzhou R&F's Park Jongwoo, his midfield partner when Korea Republic won bronze at London 2012.
Guangzhou Evergrande's Kim Younggwon and Augsburg's Hong Jeongo are likely to be South Korea's centre-back pairing, in front of 2010 'keeper Jung Sungryong.
Mainz fullback Park Jooho, who is out of action with a foot injury, is a notable absentee.
Korea Republic squad
Goalkeepers: Jung Sungryong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seunggyu (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Bumyoung (Busan IPark)
Defenders: Hong Jeongho (Augsburg/Germany), Hwang Seoho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima/Japan), Kim Changsoo (Kashiwa Reysol/Japan), Kim Jinsoo (Albirex Niigata/Japan), Kim Younggwon (Guangzhou Evergrande/China PR), Kwak Taehwi (Al Hilal/Saudi Arabia), Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai), Yun Sukyoung (Queens Park Rangers/England)
Midfielders: Ha Daesung (Beijing Guoan/China PR), Han Kookyoung (Kashiwa Reysol/Japan), Ji Dongwon (Augsburg/Germany), Ki Sungyueng (Sunderland/England), Kim Bokyung (Cardiff City/England), Lee Chungyong (Bolton Wanderers/England), Park Jongwoo (Guangzhou R&F/China PR), Son Heungmin (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany)
Forwards: Kim Shinwook (Ulsan Hyundai), Koo Jacheol (Mainz/Germany), Lee Keunho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chuyoung (Watford/England)
* Squad lists are only official once they have been confirmed and published by FIFA on 16 May at 12:00 CET.