Korea Republic pin-up Ahn Jung-hwan will not be considered for the national team by coach Pim Verbeek as long as the player has no club.
Verbeek told the Korea Herald that he could not risk calling up the 30-year-old Ahn who has now not played for two months after failing to find a new club after leaving MSV Duisburg.
“As long as he has no club, it is out of the question that I would select him,” said the Dutch coach. “I think he's a great player, someone who can decide a match, but I can't afford to include a player who has no match rhythm.”
“At this moment -- absolutely zero. There is no chance.”
Verbeek dumped Ahn from the team which drew 1-1 with Iran in the last AFC Asian Cup 2007 qualifier on September 6.
“I was really thinking about using him in the Iran game because even in the last 15-20 minutes, he can do a job and score a goal,” said Verbeek about Ahn who has earned a reputation for himself as a super-sub.
"(But) it is impossible. I can't defend my decision to the outside world to take a player without a club who hasn't played a game for two months ... and if you leave out a talented player like Park Chu-young saying that he's not playing so well then how can you select a player without a club?"
Korea Republic are currently leading the AFC Asian Cup 2007 Group B qualifying with 10 points after four rounds, two ahead of Iran. Syria are third with four points while Chinese Taipei are rooted to the bottom of the pool without opening their account.
Pim Verbeek’s men need a draw in their next outing against Syria on October 11 to book their place in the Finals which will take place next year in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.