Son Heung-min says his hatrick in South Korea's 8-0 win over Laos in Thursday’s World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying match has boosted his confidence ahead of his move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Son joined Spurs from Leverkusen for £22m in August, but is yet to join up with his new team mates. The 23-year-old netted in the 12th, 74th and 90th minutes of Thursday’s match.
"Even against underdogs like Laos, it's never easy to score even one goal," he told Yonhap News Agency.
"I am happy I helped the team win. It's good to build my confidence back up before joining the Spurs."
The other goals were scored by 21-year-old midfielder Chang-Hoon Kwon in the 30th and 75th minutes, and Chung-Yong Lee, Hyun-Jun Suk and Jae-Sung Lee in the 10th, 58th and 93rd minutes respectively.
Left fullback Hong Chulalso put in an enterprising performance in his eighth international appearance, setting up three of the goals with his marauding runs down the touchline.
The 24-year-old Suwon Samsung Bluewings player was happy with his performance, but says he will guard against overconfidence ahead of South Korea’s next match against Lebanon on Tuesday.
"I had such great teammates who could get the job done, Coaches told me to play aggressively on the offensive end, and it suited me just fine. I enjoy jumping in on the attack," he said.
"I can't afford to feel content about this match. I will put this one in the past and get ready to face Lebanon."