Spurs face dilemma over star’s latest international call-up

Date published: Monday 16th July 2018 8:46

South Korea have named Heung-min Son in their squad for the Asian Games in Indonesia.

Son played all three of South Korea’s games at the 2018 World Cup, netting against Mexico and Germany as they finished above the world champions in their group.

But the Tottenham forward’s international duty is not yet over, with South Korea naming him as one of their three overage players for the Asian Games this summer.

South Korea are the defending champions for football at the multi-sport event, and have been placed in a group containing Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Bahrain.

The final takes place on September 1, meaning Son would miss the first month of action if South Korea go all the way.

There is no guarantee Tottenham will even release him for selection, as the Asian Games is not an official FIFA tournament.

But a gold medal would increase the chances of Son being exempt from the country’s obligatory 21-month long military service period, expected to start in 2020.

“We first want to thank all these clubs for releasing their players,” said South Korea U23 manager Kim Hak-bom.

“However, we haven’t reached agreements on their release dates, so the Korea Football Association is looking for ways to confirm the dates.”

 

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