South Korea will head to Russia with plenty of confidence as they will become the only side outside of Europe and South America to be ever-present at a World Cup since 1986.

South Korea reached this summer’s tournament with relative ease and they will take part in their 10th World Cup this year.

Their ranking of 59 suggests they should struggle but shin Tae-yong’s men have continued to silence their critics in recent years.

In 2014 they left Brazil with just one point after coming bottom of Group H after being drawn against Belgium, Algeria and Russia.

However, this time around they have been given an even tougher task and will face Germany, Mexico and Sweden.

Their saving grace could come via Heung-Min Son who continues to prove himself in Europe while playing for Tottenham.

While Harry Kane is getting all the plaudits, Son has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League since joining Spurs in 2015.

He has also scored 20 goals in 61 appearances for South Korea and his form is on the rise at the right time.

Both he and Ki Sung-Yeung will lead South Korea with their vast levels of experience but Son’s ability in front of goal could be crucial.

His fitness levels and work ethic have stood out all season and South Korea’s hopes could pin on his form in Russia.

He will be expected to start their opening game against Sweden, with the European side 2.15 to win. The draw is 3.25, while South Korea are outsiders at odds of 3.30.

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