Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has announced his retirement from international football.
The 45-year-old carved out a slice of history for himself at this summer’s World Cup, becoming the oldest player to ever feature at the tournament when he started the Pharoahs’ final group game against Saudi Arabia – a clash that saw him save a penalty.
El-Hadary made his debut for Egypt in 1996, and went on to earn 159 caps for his country, appearing in four African Cup of Nations tournaments before finally making his World Cup bow in Russia, after Egypt qualified for the first time since 1990.
“After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves,” said El-Hadary on Facebook.
“I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements.”
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