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Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes: ‘In my head I’m not 38, I’m still young’

Northern Ireland defender set to overhaul Bobby Moore’s caps tally in World Cup play-off has seized his second chance under Michael O’Neill

Bashfulness displayed by Aaron Hughes when a place in the international football record books is mentioned has a two-fold explanation.

Becoming the most-capped home nations defender of all time is not an aspiration likely to feature on the wish list of emerging footballers. Hughes, who will surpass Bobby Moore’s total of 108 if, as expected, he appears for Northern Ireland in Switzerland on Sunday, is obviously uneasy when attention is drawn to the landmark.

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