Son Heung-min, what he said while pondering after being asked about 'retirement rumors'

Son Heung-min (Tottenham), captain of the Korean national soccer team, opened up about rumors of his retirement. After being eliminated in the semifinals at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup, he said, “I think my first thought is whether I can continue playing for the national team,” leading to interpretations that he may have been considering retirement.

Son Heung-min met with reporters after finishing the 2026 FIFA North America, Central America World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying match against Thailand on the 21st and said, "I hope I can grow into a stronger person so that I will never have such weak thoughts again in the future." He said, “As long as I am helpful and as long as the national team needs me, as (Kim) Min-jae said, I will do my best.”

Son Heung-min's first response, after being unable to speak for a while when asked about his retirement from the national team, was, "I think it's a very difficult question." After thinking for a while, Son Heung-min said, “I have never taken my position on the national team for granted. “I was grateful and honored every time,” he said. “I thought it would have been enough if I only thought about myself.”

He continued, “I really went to that state of mind. “I asked a lot of questions and asked for advice from many retired players, and they told me a lot of honest stories,” he said. “In making this choice, I received a lot of support from many fans, family, and people around me, which really helped me a lot.” added.

Those whom Son Heung-min sought advice from were prominent senior members of the national team, including Jeonbuk Hyundai technical director Park Ji-sung, FC Seoul captain Ki Sung-yong, and former national team coach Cha Du-ri. Son Heung-min is said to have also sought answers from his father, Son Woong-jung, coach of the SON Soccer Academy. 스포츠 토토사이트

I thought it was encouraging that Son Heung-min showed this level of teamwork even though the period of working together under Hwang Sun-hong's interim coach system was not long.

Son Heung-min said, “The most positive part of today’s game was that we came together and tried to do at least one more thing.” He added, “We needed to see both the players playing and the players not playing trying to become one, so I thank them for showing us that.” “I really want to do this,” he emphasized.

He also added that he enjoys playing on the field with Lee Kang-in, who collided with him.

Lee Kang-in came on as a replacement for Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) in the 17th minute of the second half of the day, and later led Hwang Seon-hong's attack.

Son Heung-min said, “Kang-in came in as a substitute and tried to change the atmosphere, and I think he actually did,” and added, “It’s fun to play with Kang-in because I can feel him growing step by step as a player.” 슬롯사이트 순위