Lee Kang-in (22-PGS) joined Son Heung-min (31-Tottenham) in posting a lengthy thank-you note.
“The 2023 national soccer team matches are over, and thanks to the support of our fans, we were able to perform well in Seoul and as far away as China,” Lee wrote on his social media (SNS) on March 23 (KST).
“I hope that all of you, especially those who took big exams and came to the stadium to watch us, were encouraged by our performance! We will try to come back in 2024 as a team that can give you great strength! I wish you all the best for the rest of the year!” he added in his year-end greetings.
Lee and Kang started side-by-side in two A-Match matches this November, leading South Korea to two consecutive victories. On Nov. 16, he started and scored a brace in South Korea’s 5-0 win over Singapore in the first match of Group C of the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asia Second Qualifying Round at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. He scored South Korea’s fifth goal in the 40th minute with a thunderous left-footed mid-range shot.
On Sept. 21, he started the second group game against China at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China. He assisted Son Heung-min’s header from a left-footed corner kick in the 45th minute with South Korea leading 1-0. A rarely seen header from Son Heung-min.토토사이트
Lee has now scored an attacking point in four consecutive A-Match matches. He scored two goals in a 4-0 win over Tunisia in October, followed by a goal and an assist in a 6-0 win over Vietnam. In November, he scored a goal against Singapore (5-0) and added an assist against China (3-0). In all of Lee’s offensive points, South Korea kept a clean sheet.
He also competed at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in September and October, where he led the Korean U-22 soccer team to the title. Lee has had a busy second half of the year, with big results. He has gone from being the youngest to a young ace.
Jürgen Klinsmann, head coach of the South Korean national soccer team, said, “Lee has grown so much in the last six to eight months, and it’s been a pleasure to watch. Not only does he dribble and assist, but he is also dedicated and uses great energy defensively. Expectations are getting higher and higher.”
South Korean national team captain Son Heung-min said, “As a fellow soccer player, I’m happy to see him grow. He has enough ability to grow further. Many people should help him so that he doesn’t feel overwhelmed,” said Son, who has watched the youngest player grow with pride.
Meanwhile, Son Heung-min posted a lengthy thank-you note on social media on the 22nd. He wrote, “I finished my last game for the 2023 National Team in China. The November national team call-up was colder than ever, but I spent it warm and happy thanks to your love. I’m so happy that the sport of soccer can receive such great love,” he wrote.
“As long as I’m playing, I want to share my positive energy with as many of you as possible. I want to make you happy, I want to make you laugh, and I know it comes with a lot of responsibility. Thanks to your support, I am here and all I can share is this little bit of happiness… this energy,” he wrote.
“Thank you for making me feel important every time. Thank you for making me feel important every time. 2023 National Team life, it made me so happy. I hope we can laugh more and be happier together in 2024! I love you Korea,” he concluded.