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Egypt’s keeper Essam El-Hadary becomes oldest ever World Cup player

Egypt goalkeeper will become the oldest man to play at a World Cup game when the Pharaohs face Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper included the veteran keeper in the Pharaohs’ starting line up set to face Saudi Arabia at the Volgograd Arena on Monday at 4pm Cairo time.

Read: El-Hadary discusses Saudi Arabia clash, chances of breaking World Cup record

The 45-year-old keeper remained on the bench in Egypt’s defeats to Uruguay and Russia in the first two games of the group stage, with Mohamed El-Shennawy starting between the sticks.

He will break the record of former Colombia keeper Faryd Mondragon who represented his country against Japan in the Brazil 2014 competition at the age of 43 years and 3 days.

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

Egypt were officially eliminated from the competition as they currently have zero points after losing to Uruguay and Russia in their first two Group A games. The Pharaohs, who are making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years, will be looking to get their first ever World Cup win against Saudi Arabia.

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