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Costa Rica is the oldest and England the least experienced team in the World Cup

The Football World Cup starts next week and the final squads were announced on Monday. Here are some interesting facts about the squads.

Costa Rica has the oldest squad

The oldest squad in this year´s World Cup is Costa Rica. Their average age is 29 years and 203 days. The youngest squad is with Nigeria. Their average age is 25 years and 337 days.

England and Tunisia have the most inexperienced squads. The players from both teams average 20 caps per player. The most experienced squad is Mexico whose players average 62 international caps per player.

The oldest teams in the World Cup

Team Average age Oldest player Youngest player
Costa Rica 29 y and 203 days Patrick Pemberton 36 Ian Smith 20
Mexico 29 y and 133 days Rafael Marguez 39 Edson Alvarez 20
Panama 29 y and 65 days Luis Tejada 36 Jose Luis Rodriguez 19
Argentina 29 y and 64 days Willy Caballero 36 Giovani Lo Celso 22
Egypt 28 y and 358 days Essam El Hadary 45 Ramadan Sobhi 21


The youngest teams in the World Cup

Team Average age Oldest player Youngest player
Nigeria 25 y and 337 days Daniel Akpeyi 31 Francis Uzoho 19
France 26 y and 11 days Steve Mandanda 33 Kylian Mbappe 19
England 26 y and 18 days Ashley Young 32 Trent Alexander-Arnold 19
Tunisia 26 y and 192 days Balbouli 33 Bassem Srarfi 20
Serbia 26 y and 278 days Vladimir Stojkovic 34 Luka Jovic 20


The most international caps

Team Total Caps Average per player
Mexico 1426 62
Panama 1411 61
Costa Rica 1171 50
Belgium 1054 45
Japan 1004 44


The least international caps

Team Total Caps Aveerage per player
Tunisia 462 20
England 465 20
Senegal 516 22
Morocco 522 23
Serbia 563 24


There are four players in this World Cup who have been born in the 70s. Egypt´s goalkeeper El Hadary, Mexican defender Rafael Marguez, Russian defender Sergei Ignashevich and Australian forward Tim Cahill.

Egypt´s goalkeeper El Hadary can become the oldest player ever to play in a World Cup. The record belongs now to Columbian goalkeeper Farid Mondragon who played in the 2014 World Cup at the age of 43 years and 3 days against Japan.

There won´t be many teenage players in this World Cup. There are only seven players who are under 20 but none of them are younger than 19. The youngest player is Australia´s Daniel Arzani who will be 19 years and 161 days on the opening day of the World Cup. The last World Cup that did not have any 18-year old players was in Italy 1990.

English Premier League and Manchester City send the most players

The English leagues provide the most players to this World Cup. The Premier League will send 106 players and in total the English leagues send 124. 54 different countries send players to this World Cup but unfortunately none of them play in Cyprus. Maybe the next World Cup..

League Country Amount of players Team who sent the most
Premier League England 106 Manchester City 16
La Liga Spain 78 Real Madrid 15
Bundesliga Germany 62 Bayern Munchen 11
Serie A Italy 58 Juventus 11
Ligue 1 France 47 Paris Saint Germain 12


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