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.”
Germany striker Mario Gomez has retired from international duty – though he has not ruled out a return for Euro 2020 if “the head coach is in desperate need for players”.
Posting on Facebook, Gomez said, “My international career was not always easy and I was not always successful, but the experience has been wonderful.
“It is now time for me to retire from the team and allow the group of young players coming through to have the opportunity to prove themselves and fulfill their dreams.
“I will only come back in the unlikely situation that the head coach is in desperate need for players for the European Championships in two years and I feel fit enough to join the team and help.”
Gomez scored 31 goals in 78 games for Germany, though only five in European Championships and none in the World Cup – including this summer’s showing, when the side made a disastrous group-stage exit.
The 33-year-old Stuttgart star was not part of the 2014 Germany squad which won the World Cup, and thus has not tasted success at international level, coming closest at Euro 2008 when Die Mannschaft lost in the final.
India’s under-20 side pulled off a famous upset on Sunday night, beating six-time champions Argentina 2-1 in the COTIF Cup 2018 in Spain.
The win is some coup for Floyd Pinto’s charges given his men had failed to register victory in either of their three previous games in the tournament.
But goals from Deepak Tangri and Anwar Ali helped them overcome the record six-time under-20 World Cup champions, who are managed by former Deportivo La Coruna, Lazio and West Ham wing-back Lionel Scaloni.
India had to play 40 minutes in the second-half with 10-men after Aniket Jadhav’s sending-off in the 50th minute.
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