41-year-old Andorra defender Ildefons Lima pulls hamstring after burst of pace from Jadon Sancho  


Maybe time to retire? 41-year-old Andorra defender Ildefons Lima has to be withdrawn against England – despite coming on in the first half – after pulling his hamstring as he tries to chase down winger Jadon Sancho

  • Andorra defender Ildefons Lima injured himself while facing Jadon Sancho 
  • The England winger’s burst of speed caused problems for the 41-year-old
  • Lima was brought on in the 31st minute but then had to go off in the 5-0 defeat 


41-year-old Andorra defender Ildefons Lima had to be substituted after pulling his hamstring while trying to keep up with England’s Jadon Sancho.

Lima was brought on in the 31st minute as a replacement for Christian Garcia but then had to go off himself in the 63rd minute.

Sancho, who wasn’t even born when Lima made his international debut in 1997, showed his speed and knocked the ball past his opponent.

41-year-old Andorra defender Ildefons Lima was substituted after pulling his hamstring

41-year-old Andorra defender Ildefons Lima was substituted after pulling his hamstring

The pace of England's Jadon Sancho was too much for the experienced defender to deal with

The pace of England’s Jadon Sancho was too much for the experienced defender to deal with

Lima was left in agony and eventually had to go off.

Having represented his country 133 times, Lima is the most capped player in Andorra’s history.

In addition, he has also scored eleven goals for Andorra, more than anybody else. 

Lima, Andorra's all-time record caps holder, had entered the fray in the 31st minute

Lima, Andorra’s all-time record caps holder, had entered the fray in the 31st minute

Commenting on the incident, one Twitter user wrote: ‘That hurt just watching it’.

Another added:  ‘I wish I could’ve seen his face when he realised he needed to sprint at 160%.

‘Hope he’s ok tbf.’

Another wrote: ‘My mate Lima the 41 year old has just pulled his hamstring trying to catch Sancho, not fair really!’.

England won the game 5-0 as they took another step towards securing qualification for the World Cup.

Ben Chilwell opened the scoreline, with Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish also finding the net.

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