FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer - Mexico's training - World Cup Qualifiers - Mexico City, Mexico. 28/3/16. Mexico's player Rafael Marquez attends a training session in preparation for qualifying match against Canada. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo
CAIRO – 4 June 2018: Mexican International defender, Rafael Marquez, was included at Mexico's final squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The defender is set to play his fifth World Cup tournament.
Marquez, 39, appeared at the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments.
He is the only player to captain a national team at four World Cup tournaments and he will make another record in the summer when he captains the Mexican side in Russia.
Marquez will be the fourth player to be part of five World Cup squads, tying the records held by Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal, German footballer Lothar Matthäus and Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon. .
Carbajal represented Mexico at the World Cup between 1950 and 1966, while Matthäus wore the German jersey at the World Cup between 1982 and 1998, achieving the title in 1990 in Italy.
Buffon represented Italy at the World Cup tournaments between 1998 and 2014 but he did not play a single minute at his first World Cup tournament in 1998.
Marquez hopes to lead his national team to reach the quarter finals for the first time since 1986, as they were eliminated from the same stage, round of 16, in the last six World Cup tournaments.