Son Heung-min receives award for top five during military service 080520 CREDIT Republic of Korea Marine Corps Facebook.jpg
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Spurs' Heung-Min Son: South Korea Military Service Was 'Tough'

The 27-year-old Tottenham Hotspur star also said it was a "good experience".

Son Heung-min receives award for top five during military service 080520 CREDIT Republic of Korea Marine Corps Facebook.jpg

Tottenham forward Heung-min Son has described his military service in South Korea as "tough" as he prepares for the restart of the Premier League this month.

Son completed his mandatory military service while the season was paused amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The three-time Asian footballer of the year spent three weeks with South Korea's Marine Corps and was selected as one of the top-five recruits, being presented with an award for his performance.

"It was a good experience," said Son in a video on the Spurs website.

"I couldn’t say everything that I’ve done but I really enjoyed it. Those guys were nice. The three weeks were tough but I tried to enjoy it.

"I don’t know how the people felt, but for me the three weeks have been long but it was a good experience, I enjoyed it.

"The first day when we don’t know each other was a bit weird but soon we got to know each other.

"We spent every day together in one room, 10 people very close, working together, we helped each other so the time was fantastic.

"Those guys, the first day and second day they couldn’t even speak to me but by the end they were joking with me and we were enjoying everyone together."

Son Heung-min participating in basic military training 080520 CREDIT Republic of Korea Marine Corps Facebook.jpg
Son spent three weeks with South Korea's Marine Corps (Picture: Republic of Korea Marine Corps/Facebook).

All South Korean men must complete mandatory military service by the age of 28.

Son, who turns 28 in July, was exempted from the full 21-month service period after winning the 2018 Asian Games.

The enforced break in the Premier League has also allowed Son to recover from a broken arm that he suffered in a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in February.

Son said he feels "physically fine" ahead of the proposed restart of the Premier League on 17 June. 

Cover image: Son received an award for his performance during military service (Picture: Republic of Korea Marine Corps/Facebook).