Egypt keeper Hadary says he never made any troubles in Russia

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Jun 2018,
Essam El-Hadary
Egypt's Essam El-Hadary during the press conference (Photo: REUTERS)

Egypt keeper Essam El-Hadary said he is no troublemaker after local reports said he fell out with the team's technical staff after being benched in last week's 3-1 defeat by hosts Russia in the World Cup.

Having impressed in the opening 1-0 loss to Uruguay, Mohamed El-Shennawi got the nod again in the second Group A clash against Russia in Saint Petersburg, leaving Hadary still waiting to set a record he long sought.

Hadary, 45, will become the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup should he play in Egypt's final group-stage campaign against Arab Gulf side Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on Monday.

"If I had been making trouble in the team then I don't deserve my spot on the team. That's my simple answer," the Saudi-based guardian told a news conference on Sunday.

"Obviously I will be very happy if I play in the match tomorrow. But that is not certain and that choice will be made by the management of the team. This world record will be my achievement but it will also be an achievement for Egypt."

Egypt and Saudi Arabia will be playing for pride when they meet on Monday after both had lost their opening two matches.

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