Son Heung-min (30, Tottenham), who ended the goal drought by blasting a hat-trick in 13 minutes, returned to Korea via Incheon International Airport on the afternoon of the 19th to join the national team.
Son Heung-min, who appeared in the arrival hall wearing a dark hoodie, greeted the fans with a bright face and left the airport.
Heung-min Son was substituted in the second half in the 8th round of the English Premier League (EPL) game against Leicester City, the last game before boarding the plane to Korea, and scored three goals in about 13 minutes, raising expectations for his performance in the national team.
Heung-Min Son is the first player to score a hat-trick after playing as a substitute for Tottenham in the EPL.
This is a record that only happened seven times in the Premier League, and in September 2015, Everton’s Steven Naismith scored three goals against Chelsea, just before Heung-Min Son.
For Heung-Min Son, who had not scored in the eighth game since the opening game before this game, it was a welcome performance to shake off past troubles.
Son Heung-min, who led Leicester City to a 6-2 victory, told the broadcaster after the game, “I had a difficult time at the beginning of the season, and to be honest, I was frustrated.”
According to a representative of the national team, Son Heung-min will join the Paju National Team Training Center (NFC), which has 20 players out of 26 applications.
In addition, there are European players who played their team’s schedule over the weekend, such as Kang-in Lee (Mallorca), Min-jae Kim (Napoli), Ui-Jo Hwang, In-Beom Hwang (Olympiacos), and Woo-Young Jung (Freiburg), joining in the late afternoon of the day and over the 20th.
The national team, led by coach Paulo Bento, will sit two ‘mock September exams’ to prepare for the Qatar World Cup scheduled for November against Costa Rica on the 23rd and Cameroon on the 27th.