Egypt’s Essam El Hadary Retires


45-year old veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has announced his international retirement.

El Hadary became the oldest player to feature at the World Cup finals when he played at Russia 2018, getting his chance after Egypt was eliminated after two games.

El Hadary, who won 159 caps and four Africa Cup of Nations titles with the Pharaohs, still plays for top Egyptian club Ismaily.

“I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements” El Hadary posted on his Facebook page.

“I hope that I have succeeded in my mission over the past years. I extend my thanks and gratitude to my family, who have borne the difficulties of my life and supported me in all my steps.”

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