Belfast Telegraph

Aaron Hughes breaks Bobby Moore's record to become Home Nations' most-capped defender

Aaron Hughes was handed his 109th cap in Northern Ireland's World Cup play-off second leg in Switzerland, to beat a long-standing record.

Hughes is now the Home Nations' most-capped defender, surpassing England's World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore on 108. Hughes is Northern Ireland's most-capped outfield player, beaten only on the overall list by goalkeeper Pat Jennings on 119 caps.

The Home Nations' most-capped player is England goalkeeper Peter Shilton on 125, followed by Jennings and England forward Wayne Rooney on 119. David Beckham has 115 caps, one ahead of Steven Gerrard.

That leaves Hughes as the Home Nations' fifth most capped player.

Kenny Dalglish is Scotland's most-capped player with 102 while Wales' top player is Neville Southall on 92.

Steven Davis is Northern Ireland's third most-capped player, picking up his 101st cap in Switzerland.

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