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Japanese league stars in North Korea World Cup squad

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North Korea's World Cup qualifying highlights

North Korea have included two Japan-born ethnic Koreans in their 23-man squad for the World Cup finals.

Striker Jong Tae Se, who plays for Japanese J-League side Kawasaki Frontale and is known as 'the Asian Wayne Rooney' will feature this summer.

An Yong Hak plays for Omiya Ardija in the J-League, while Hong Yong Jo of Russian side FK Rostov is the only other player not based in North Korea.

Coach Kim Jong Hun has set his target as a last-eight spot.

North Korea, who will be appearing in their first World Cup finals since 1966, were drawn in Group G along with Ivory Coast, Brazil and Portugal.


North Korea squad: Kim Myong Gil (Amrokgang), Kim Myong Won (Amrokgang), Ri Myong Guk (Pyongyang City), An Chol Hyok (Rimyongsu), An Yong Hak (Omiya Ardija), Cha Jong Hyok (Amrokgang), Choe Kum Chol (April 25), Hong Yong Jo (FK Rostov), Ji Yun Nam (April 25), Jong Tae Se (Kawasaki Frontale), Kim Kum Il (April 25), Kim Kyong Il (Rimyongsu), Kim Yong Jun (Pyongyang City), Mun In Guk (April 25), Nam Song Chol (April 25), Pak Chol Jin (Amrokgang), Pak Nam Chol (April 25), Pak Nam Chol (Amrokgang), Pak Sung Hyok (Sobaeksu), Ri Chol Myong (Pyongyang City), Ri Jun Il (Sobaeksu), Ri Kwang Chon (April 25), Ri Kwang Hyok (Koynggongop).



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see also
N Korea fans face Cup TV blackout
11 May 10 |  Asia-Pacific
North Korea trip 'not finalised'
30 Apr 10 |  African
North Korea to camp in Zimbabwe
07 Apr 10 |  World Cup 2010


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