Egyptian legend Essam El-Hadary retires from international football

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Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has called time on his international football career.

The 45-year-old set the record as the oldest player to feature at a World Cup this summer.

El-Hadary earned the last of his 159 caps for the national team in a 2-1 group stage defeat by Saudi Arabia as Egypt crashed out of the tournament with three losses.

 

El Hadary, who still plays for top Egyptian club Ismaily, took to his Facebook page to confirm he was hanging up his international gloves.

“After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves,” He said.

“I’m proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements.

“I hope 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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