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SON HEUNG-MIN looks unrecognisable from his first World Cup appearance back in 2014.

The South Korean superstar won his fitness race in order to start for his country in their tournament opener against Uruguay this afternoon.

4Son Heung-min sported a blonde barnet at the 2014 World CupCredit: Getty 4The future Tottenham star played at his first World Cup aged 21Credit: Getty

This tournament in Qatar is Son's third World Cup appearance, having played in Russia last time out and in Brazil in 2014.

At the last finals, the forward was already an established star in the Premier League with Tottenham.

But he was also in Brazil as a precocious 21-year-old while he still played for Bayer Leverkusen.

Son, now 30, sported a bleached blonde barnet at his first World Cup finals.

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He also made an impression, scoring in Korea's second group game against Algeria.

The Spurs star added another two World Cup goals four years later in 2018, netting against Mexico and Germany in Russia.

This time around he is wearing a protective face mask - after brutally suffering multiple facial fractures during Tottenham's Champions League clash with Marseille on November 1.

He was subsequently named in Paulo Bento's 26-man squad for the tournament anyway, ensuring his compatriots that he would give everything to play for them.

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Son's statement read: "Hi everyone. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you all for the messages of support I have received over the last week.

"I have read so many of them and truly, truly appreciate you all. In a tough time I received a lot of strength from you!

"Playing for your country at the World Cup is the dream of so many children growing up, just as it was one of mine too.

"I won’t miss this for the world. I can’t wait to represent our beautiful country, see you soon."

After today's clash with Uruguay Son and Co take on Ghana on Monday before rounding off their Group H campaign against Portugal next Friday.

4Son scored twice at the 2018 World Cup in RussiaCredit: AFP 4The 30-year-old is wearing a mask to play in QatarCredit: Getty Topics
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France vs. Poland live stream World Cup 2022 round of 16 on Dec. 4

Defending champions France play Poland in the round of 16 at the World Cup on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Here’s how to watch. 

France, the reigning World Cup winners, will face Poland on Sunday at the World Cup in a last-16 clash that evokes a great matchup between the two European nations dating back to 1982.

France and Poland faced off in the third-place game during the World Cup that year with Poland prevailing 3-2.

The French, who topped Group D, are led by striker Kylian Mbappe, who has three goals so far at this World Cup, forming a formidable frontline with Oliver Giroud and Antoine Griezmann.

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Les Bleus are coming off a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia to close out the group stage after France manager Didier Deschamps rested most of his starting lineup ahead of the knockout round. France had clinched first place in the group ahead of the Tunisia game.

Poland, meanwhile, backed into the round of 16 following a 2-0 defeat to Argentina. Led by striker Robert Lewandowski, Poland finished second in Group C after edging Mexico on a fair play tie-breaker for having a fewer amount of yellow cards.

The teams had been tied on goal differential, which is the first tie-breaker used.

France vs Poland World Cup live streaming info
  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 4
  • Start time: 10 a.m. ET
  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
  • TV Info: Fox Sports 1
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France are looking to repeat as World Cup champions for the first time since Brazil captured back-to-back titles in 1958 and ’62.

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