In the latest South Korea news, former international Park Ji-sung has hailed the importance of Tottenham forward Son Heung-min ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
The 37-year-old featured 100 times for the Taegeuk Warriors and turned out at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 editions of the global showpiece.
Shin Tae-Yong’s men, who are priced at 3/1 to qualify from Group F with Paddy Power, finished fourth as they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. However, they failed to make it out of the group in 2006, before reaching the last-16 four-years later.
South Korea’s run in 2002 remains the best in their history and Park is concerned about their chances at the upcoming event in Russia.
After being drawn with world champions Germany, Sweden and Mexico, the former Manchester United man feels it could be tough to progress from the pool.
Park said: “At this moment, I think we have less than a 50 percent chance to get past the group stage.
“But there have always been some upsets at the World Cup, and I know fans are also looking for those kinds of upsets this time. I believe the national team’s performance can change depending on their preparations and fan support.”
Tottenham forward Son, who has bagged 12 Premier League goals and a further four in the Champions League this season, will be leading the line and will be crucial to their chances of upsetting the odds.
Park has big expectations for his compatriot and has been massively impressed by his exploits since joining Tottenham in 2015.
He added: “Son has finishing skills, and it’s not easy to find a player who can score like that against European teams.
“The teams that we meet at the World Cup are strong, so we’re not going to have many scoring chances. But a player like Son who has good finishing skills can surely help this team.”