Centre-back Pepe will become the second oldest outfield player in World Cup history after he was picked to start for Portugal against Uruguay on Tuesday. The 39-year-old comes in for the injured Danilo, who mysteriously suffered broken ribs, as one of three changes made by Portugal coach Fernando Santos. Cameroon’s Roger Milla remains the oldest outfield player to play in a World Cup at USA 1994 aged 42. Two goalkeepers can beat that though.
Essam El-Hadary of Egypt was 45 when he played in Russia 2018 while Colombian shot-stopper Faryd Mondragon was 43 in Brazil 2014.
Starting line-ups in the World Cup Group H match between Portugal and Uruguay at Doha’s Lusail Stadium on Monday (kick-off 1900 GMT):
Coach: Fernando Santos (POR)
Coach: Diego Alonso (URU)
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRI)
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