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Faryd Mondragon: I hope El-Hadary doesn’t break my record

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Faryd Mondragon hopes Egypt veteran keeper doesn’t break his record as the oldest player to feature at a World Cup.

The former Colombia keeper became the oldest man to play at a World Cup when he represented his country against Japan in the Brazil 2014 competition at the age of 43 years and 3 days.

El-Hadary has a chance to break this record and become the oldest man to play at a World Cup at the age of 45 in case he featured for the Pharaohs in their final group game of the 2018 event against Saudi Arabia. The veteran keeper remained on the bench in the Pharaohs’ clashes with Uruguay and Russia in the group stage.

“We have to wait. I hope it doesn’t happen. But if it does, it will be a great achievement for him,” Mondragón told the EFE news agency, when asked about the possibility of El-Hadary breaking his World Cup record.

Egypt currently have zero points after losing to Uruguay and Russia in their first two Group A games, which leave them on the brink of an early elimination. The Egyptian team, who are making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years, will next face Saudi Arabia at the Volgograd Arena on June 25.

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