El Hadary to become World Cup’s oldest player

Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary reacts during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

Essam El Hadary will become the oldest player in World Cup history when he lines up for Egypt against Saudi Arabia today.

The goalkeeper appeared five times in qualifying and, at the age of 45, he will make his finals debut in Volgograd, with Egypt and Saudi Arabia playing just for pride having already been eliminated.

El Hadary takes the record from Faryd Mondragon, who appeared in goal for Colombia in 2014 just three days after his 43rd birthday.