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Valencia starlet Lee Kang-in leads Korea Republic squad

Seoul: Korea Republic U-20 head coach Chung Jung-yong announced his squad of 21 players on Thursday ahead of their FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 campaign, with Valencia CF midfielder Lee Kang-in headlining the roster. 

Lee's inclusion is not a surprise as the budding 18-year-old talent - who is the youngest member in the squad - received his senior team call-up in March.

Last October, Lee became the youngest Korea Republic footballer to debut in Europe when he got a start against Ebro in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.

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The squad list includes four other players who ply their trade in Europe - Hamburger SV goalkeeper Choi Min-su, Bayern Munich forward Jeong Woo-yeong, FC Liefering midfielder Kim Jung-min and Dinamo Zagreb defender Kim Hyun-woo.


The young Taeguk Warriors are currently undergoing training at the National Football Center, and are scheduled to depart to Poland on Sunday. They will play two friendlies against fellow U-20 World Cup hopefuls New Zealand and Ecuador, before the tournament proper kicks off on May 23.

Korea Republic are drawn with six-time champions Argentina, South Africa and Portugal, who will be their first opponents in Group F on May 25.