Hearts’ Aaron Hughes becomes most capped British defender of all time

Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes tries to tackle Steven Zubar of Switzerland. Pic: Getty
Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes tries to tackle Steven Zubar of Switzerland. Pic: Getty
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Hearts veteran Aaron Hughes has become the most capped British defender of all time after making his 109th appearance for Northern Ireland in the World Cup qualification play-off second leg against Switzerland.

Hughes, who had not played since limping off after seven minutes against Dundee on September 30, now overtakes England’s 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore, who is on 108 caps.

The 38-year-old put in an outstanding performance as the Northern Irish threw everything into overturning a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, but the Swiss clung on to draw 0-0 in Basel and make it to the World Cup next summer.

Hughes’ fellow Tynecastle team-mate Kyle Lafferty dropped down to the bench after a poor performance in Belfast on Thursday and ended up being an unused substitute.