Q&A: Whiteside the younger wonder

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Q. The Scotland goalkeeper Jim Leighton, at 39, is the oldest player at France 98. Who is the oldest to have played in the World Cup finals? And who is the youngest?

A. Roger Milla (born 20 May, 1952) was 42 years and 39 days when he played for Cameroon against Cameroon against Russia on 28 June 1994, making him the oldest. Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside was just 17 years and 41 days when he faced Yugoslavia on 17 June 1982 in Spain, making him the youngest.

T Mickleburgh, Grimsby

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