Legendary Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has decided to call time on his international career.
The 45-year-old, who won four Africa Cup of Nations, made his debut in 1996 and played 159 times for his country.
He played Egypt’s final group game in Russia, saving a penalty in the Pharaohs’ 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia.
He’s the oldest player to have played in a World Cup finals game. The veteran overtook Colombia’s Faryd Mondragon, who played the last five minutes of a group game in Brazil four years ago, at the age of 43 years and three days.
“After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves,” said El-Hadary.
“I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements.”
“I hope I have succeeded in my mission over the past years. I extend my thanks and gratitude to my family, who have borne the difficulties of my life and supported me in all my steps.”