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Klinsmann’s “young bloods” Hong Hyun-seok (24, Ghent) and Jung Woo-young (24, Stuttgart) have revealed their determination for the World Cup qualifiers.
“I’ve only watched the World Cup on TV, but I’m excited for the opportunity to play in person (at the qualifying stage),” Hong said in an interview before the national team’s training session at Mokdong Sports Complex in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, on Thursday.
“I’m happy to be able to train with my brothers,” said Jung Woo-young, who along with Hong Hyun-seok was part of the team that won gold at the Asian Games.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men will face Singapore on Saturday evening at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in their first match of Group C (South Korea, China, Thailand and Singapore) of the World Cup Asia 2026 second qualifying round. On the 21st, they will play China away in the second leg.
Klinsmann has called for a high-scoring affair, with “no underdogs” in the race to qualify for the third qualifying round, which will be awarded to the top two teams in the group.
Klinsmann has been using Hong Hyun-seok since June because of his attacking tendencies, distribution and shooting ability. 온라인카지노
Hong has played four matches for the A team and is quickly becoming a regular starter for his club.
Speaking about the World Cup qualifiers, Hong said, “Defensively, we need to win the contested situations we face.
Physically, I think we will have to fight well against strong opponents.”
When asked about his positional rival, Hwang In-beom, he said, “There are so many things to work on, like shooting, side kicks, decompression, and first touch.
It will take a long time (to surpass him).”
Asian Games top scorer Jung Woo-young promised, “I felt what it is to be a starring role through the Asian Games, so I want to be a starring role again.
I will prepare well and show a good performance from the first match of the qualifiers.”