Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-min Son will face his club teammates Ben Davies and Joe Rodon at international level as South Korea prepare to play Wales for the first time.
The 30-year-old has amassed 108 caps for his country, scoring 35 goals (Transfermarkt) and is regarded as a hero in his home nation.
South Korea are adapting to life under a new manager, after Spurs legend Jurgen Klinsmann replaced Paulo Bento in the aftermath of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Wales will host the Asian side in a friendly on September 7, 2023 and the fixture will be played at the Cardiff Stadium.
Speaking to The Sun about the fixture, Football Association of Wales chief executive Noel Mooney was full of praise for the upcoming opponents.
He said: “Many teams are tied up in Europe with qualifiers and it’s not always easy to get strong opposition during the few occasions we get the chance to play friendlies.
“So to have the likes of Son Heung-min – Ben Davies’ teammate at Spurs – and many other high-quality players coming to Cardiff is great for us.”
On the benefits of playing South Korea, Mooney added: “They had a really good World Cup getting to the knockout stage and it’s important we keep testing ourselves against different styles of football.
“South Korea offers us a really interesting chance to do that, and I’m sure we’ll have another great crowd to cheer on Cymru before the ‘Red Wall’ head for Riga a few days later [for the game against Latvia]”
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It will be interesting to see these two very different teams come up against one another for the first time, and the game should pose a great challenge for both sets of players.
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