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Northern Ireland star breaks incredible Bobby Moore record in Switzerland defeat

Aaron Hughes was on the losing side as the Northern Irish crashed out of World Cup contention

Kylian Mbappe hadn’t even been born when Aaron Hughes made his professional debut for Newcastle in 1997.

Two decades later Hughes has broken a major national record turning out for Northern Ireland against Switzerland last night.

It wasn’t to be for the Northern Irish

It wasn’t to be for the Northern Irish

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The Hearts centre back recorded his 109th cap and in the process surpassed Bobby Moore’s longstanding record.

The 38-year-old became the Home Nations’ most-capped defender.

Bobby Moore lifts the World Cup aloft

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Bobby Moore lifts the World Cup aloft

That’s more than the likes of Ashley Cole (107), Gary Neville (85) and Rio Ferdinand (81).

Sadly he won’t get the chance to extend his record as the Green and White Army couldn’t overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.

Although they tried valiantly.

Hughes has had what you might call a ‘varied’ career.

Hughes was on the wrong end of World Cup heartbreak

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Hughes was on the wrong end of World Cup heartbreak

He came through the ranks at St James’ Park and went on to make 205 appearances for the club.

After a spell at Aston Villa, Hughes became part of the furniture at Fulham with 196 games.

Moves to QPR and Brighton didn’t suit him so he chose to take his skills abroad.

Hughes followed Emile Heskey footsteps to Australia and signed with Melbourne City, playing alongside Huddersfield’s midfield Voldemort Aaron Mooy.

Tears at the final whistle

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Tears at the final whistle

Before his return to Scotland, Hughes made 11 appearances in the Indian Super League for Kerala Blaster – now home to Dimitar Berbatov.

The centre back retired from international football in 2011 but couldn’t keep away and returned the following year.

With his club career and Northern Ireland caps Hughes definitely sits in the experienced category.

We’re sad the big man won’t be at the World Cup.