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Russia defender: El-Hadary is a real professional

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Spartak Moscow and Russia‘s central defender, Sergei Ignashevich, praises Egypt‘s goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary, for playing at such a high level at his age.

The 38-year-old defender is set to become the third-oldest player to feature in the after Egypt’s and Mexico’s Rafa Marquez.

Having played many tournaments with the Russian national team, Ignashevish talked about the importance of having experienced players in the team that could.

When asked if he will exchange shirts with El-Hadary after the match against Egypt, Ignashevich stated, “I do not know. I can only give him a big hello. If a person up to this age plays at such a high level, then he is a real professional.”

The pharaohs are set face on the 19th of June in Group A’s match-day 2 following their opening game against Uruguay and before their final group stage match-up against Saudi Arabia.

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