Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is set to create a bit of World Cup history in the side’s final match of the 2018 tournament.
At the sprightly age of 45 years old, the Al Taawoun stopper becomes the oldest ever player to feature in a World Cup finals having been named in Hector Cuper’s starting lineup for the clash against Saudi Arabia on Monday afternoon.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) June 25, 2018
El-Hadary made his international debut with Egypt in 1996, going on to win over 150 caps and four African Cup of Nations titles with the Pharaohs in an extraordinary career.
Elsewhere, Mo Salah starts for the second game in a row, though there was some confusion regarding his inclusion. The Egyptian FA had initially tweeted a graphic of the starting eleven that did not feature the Liverpool forward, but quickly deleted and amended it to include the side’s talisman in what will be the national team’s final game of the 2018 tournament.
— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 25, 2018
There has been speculation that Salah is seriously considering his international future in the wake of the Egyptian FA using him for publicity pictures with Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, though the governing body were quick to play down those fears on Monday.