WC’s oldest player quits intl football

CAIRO, Aug 7 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Egypt veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has finally called it quits. El-Hadary, who broke a record this summer being the most aged goalkeeper ever at the World Cup announced his retirement from international football at age 45.

El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history when he played against Saudi Arabia at Russia 2018. 

El Hadary, who debuted for Egypt in 1996, won four CAF Africa Cup of Nations that is, in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He was named best goalkeeper in the same tournament, 4 times. “I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements,” El Hadary said. My huge dream came true with participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Now, it is time to retire from international football,’’ El Hadary said in an online statement. 

El-Hadary left Russia as a record holder. He became the oldest player in a FIFA World Cup, beating the previous record by more than two years.

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