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Son Heung-min contemplates retirement from international football but commits to fans

Posted : 22 March 2024

Son Heung-min recently opened up about contemplating retirement from international football after experiencing a challenging Asian Cup journey with South Korea.


Despite considering stepping away from the national team, the South Korea and Spurs captain ultimately decided to persevere, citing his commitment to the fans.


His uncertainty about his international future surfaced following a disappointing 2-0 semifinal defeat to Jordan, during which he hinted at doubts regarding his continued involvement with the national team.


The turmoil escalated when it was revealed that Son had played with a dislocated finger, sustained during a confrontation with teammate Lee Kang-in on the eve of the pivotal game.


Adding to the upheaval, Jurgen Klinsmann, who had pledged to lead South Korea to their first Asian Cup victory in 64 years, was abruptly dismissed after just one year at the helm.


Despite these setbacks, Son reaffirmed his dedication to the national team, emphasizing the promise he sees it as between himself and the fans.


Addressing reporters after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Thailand in a World Cup qualifier, Son expressed his commitment to honoring his obligations to the national team and its supporters.


He acknowledged seeking counsel from compatriot and former Manchester United star Park Ji-sung during his moment of uncertainty.


Son stressed his gratitude for every opportunity to represent his country but admitted that had he been solely focused on himself, he might have chosen a different path.


Reflecting on his recent struggles and contemplation of retirement, Son revealed the depth of his internal conflict. Despite these challenges, he managed to score his 45th international goal during the match against Thailand.


As South Korea prepares for their upcoming fixture against Thailand in Bangkok, Son remains steadfast in his determination to contribute to the team's success and advance in the World Cup qualifiers, demonstrating his resilience and commitment to representing his country on the international stage.


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