Cho keeps faith for WC qualifiers

Korea Republic coach Cho Kwang-rae has named a largely unchanged squad for his team's 2014 World Cup qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon next month.

Smiles all around in the Korean camp.

The Group B leaders have taken seven points from their opening three games and are looking to make certain of their place in the final round of qualification.

There are few surprises in the line-up apart from the return of Busan I'Park defender Kim Chang-soo to the roster for the first time since 2009.

European-based players such as Premier League stars Park Chu-young and Ji Dong-won have been summoned, as have Celtic duo Cha Du-ri and Ki Sung-yong.

"These two games are very important as if we win, we could progress to the next round," Cho told a press conference in Seoul.

"There are not many changes as we are aiming to focus on strengthening our organisation."

The 2002 World Cup semi-finalists play UAE on November 11 and then head to Lebanon four days later.

Korea Republic squad: Jung Sung-ryeong (Suwon), Kim Young-kwang (Ulsan), Kim Jin-hyun (Cerezo Osaka); Lee Jung-soo (Al Sadd), Cha Du-ri (Celtic), Kwak Tae-hwi (Ulsan), Lee Jae-sung (Ulsan), Kim Yong-kwon (Omiya Ardija), Hong Jeong-ho (Jeju), Kim Chang-soo (Busan), Hong chul (Seongnam), Cho Byung-kuk (Vegalta Sendai); Ki Sung-yong (Celtic), Koo Ja-cheol (Wolfsburg), Yoon Bitgaram (Gyeongnam), Lee Yong-rae (Suwon), Nam Tae-hee (Valenciennes), Seo Jung-jin (Jeonbuk), Lee Sung-ki (Gwangju); Park Chu-young (Arsenal), Ji Dong-won (Sunderland), Son Heung-min (Hamburg), Lee Keun-ho (Gamba Osaka).

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