Golden oldies? Ar­gentina have World Cup’s old­est squad

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

BRONNITSY: Enzo Perez’s callup as a last-minute re­place­ment in the Ar­gentina squad made his coun­try the old­est team at a sec­ond World Cup in a row, with an av­er­age age of 29 years, six months and 24 days.

River Plate mid­fielder Perez, 32, flew out to Rus­sia af­ter 25-yearold Manuel Lanzini in­jured his knee, push­ing Ar­gentina past Costa Rica as the old­est squad by a sin­gle day.

Ar­gentina also had the old­est squad in Brazil four years ago, when they fin­ished as run­ner­sup to Ger­many, with an av­er­age age of 28 years, 11 months and six days.

At 36, Chelsea goal­keeper Willy Ca­ballero is the el­dest mem­ber of the squad, two years older than Javier Mascher­ano, while Gio­vani Lo Celso and Cris­tian Pavon are Ar­gentina’s youngest play­ers, both 22.

Latin Amer­i­can sides ac­count for the third and fourth old­est squads as well, in Mex­ico and Panama re­spec­tively, while Brazil are eighth out of the 32 teams.

At the other end of the scale, Nige­ria, who will face Ar­gentina in Group D, fea­ture the youngest squad at an over­all age of 25 years and 11 months. — AFP

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