Korea coach Cho Kwang-Rae to ignore Son Heung-Min's father's claims to not select the Hamburg youngster

The Bundesliga-based youngster has been the subject of much discussion in Korea this week in light of Park Ji-Sung's retirement earlier this year
Korea coach Cho Kwang-Rae has responded coolly to Son Heung-Min's father's claims the young Hamburg forward should be overlooked for national team selection.

The 19-year-old's father, Son Woong-Chun, said earlier this week that his son needs to be given a chance to rest and shouldn't be called for national team duty after an injury-interrupted start to the Bundesliga season.

Son, who has made seven appearances and scored two goals at club level this term, made the long trip from Germany to Korea for the Taeguk Warriors' latest matches, however he only played for 20 minutes in Tuesday's 2-1 World Cup qualifier win over UAE.

The Hamburg forward is rated a huge prospect for Korea, but in an interview with OSEN said now wasn't the time for him to be regularly called up.

"Son isn't right for the national team at the moment. I hope he can join than when he matures a bit more. I hope the national team will pick him when they really need him," Son's father said.

"Son has to play for the national team when he is fully developed.  I already talked with Park Tae-Ha (coach of the national team)."

The topic has generated much debate in Korea this week, in the light of 30-year-old Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung's retirement from the national team earlier this year.

Park had previously admitted the frequent travel had played a role in his decision to retire from the Taeguk Warriors.

However, Cho told The Korea Times that he would continue to call up Son as long as he needed him.

“The comments came from a parent concerned about their child. I can understand it but I will not give consideration to what each and every parent says,” he said. “I need him. I will call Son for the next game.”

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