Crystal Palace winger Lee Chung-Yong had his dreams of a third World Cup dashed on Saturday as he was one of three players cut as coach Shin Tae-Yong announced his final 23-man squad.
The Taeguk Warriors head to their Austrian training camp on Sunday without Lee as well as defenders Kwon Kyong-Won of Tianjin Quanjian in China and Kim Jin-Su of K-League champions Jeonbuk Motors.
Lee, a veteran of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, barely featured for Palace in the 2017-18 English Premier League season and that lack of game time counted against the 29-year-old.
Kwon failed to get ahead of the other central defenders named in the 28-man preliminary squad in May while Kim has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained in a March friendly against Northern Ireland in Belfast.
Lee Keun-Ho and Kwon Chang-Hoon had already withdrawn from the initial roster due to injury.
That means good news for former Barcelona prodigy Lee Seung-Woo who made his debut in Monday's 2-0 win over Honduras and keeps his place in the squad, as do fellow rookies Oh Ban-Suk and Moon Seon-Min.
Korea, who lost 3-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday in a farewell match to home fans in Jeonju, have two final warm-ups in Austria against Bolivia and Senegal.
The 2002 semifinalists are in Group F and kick off against Sweden on June 18 before taking on Mexico and defending champions Germany.
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Korea National Football Team 23 Men's Squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia #WetheReds pic.twitter.com/3UvnqddJfH
Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-Gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-Hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-Woo (Daegu FC)
Defenders: Kim Young-Gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-Soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-Hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-Sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-Suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-Woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-Ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-Han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
Midfielders: Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-Young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-Jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-Cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-Sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-Woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-Min (Incheon United),
Forwards: Kim Shin-Wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Hwang Hee-Chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)