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S. Korea unveils 28-man preliminary roster for 2018 FIFA World Cup

IANS  |  Seoul 

on Monday unveiled a tentative roster for the 2018 in Russia, headlined by Tottenham Hotspur attacker

South Korea's head Shin Tae-yong's squad is comprised of three goalkeepers, 12 defenders, nine midfielders and four forwards.

will face Germany, and in Group F, reports

are scheduled to open their campaign with in Nizhny Novgorod on June 18 and will face five days later in Rostov-on-Don. The Taeguk Warriors will take on defending champions in on June 27.

Shin said he decided to add five more players to his list because of injured players. South Korea have already lost defenders Kim Jin-su, and due to

Half of the 28 play in the domestic K League, four of them for defending champions

The list also includes a handful of Europe-based players like Son, of Swansea City, of Dijon FCO, Hwang Hee-chan of Red Bull Salzburg and Koo Ja-cheol of FC Augsburg. Ki, who is expected to wear the captain's armband, is the most experienced on the roster with 99 caps.

There were also some surprise selections: of Hellas Verona, of Incheon United and Oh Ban-suk of Jeju United. All three have been named to the senior national team for the first time.

"These three players never played for us, but they can also go to if they give impressive performances with us (in the upcoming tune-up matches)," the said.

Shin will have to drop five players before his side competes at According to FIFA, the deadline to submit the final list of 23 players is June 4. The 49-year-old said he will confirm the final roster by June 3.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:30 IST