QPR midfielder Yossi Benayoun will be making a new record for the most number of appearances for an Israeli player. Israel will be playing in a friendly match against Mexico next week. The North American team will be preparing for the World Cup 2014. Israel, however, will be hoping to use this friendly match in order to test a couple of young players. Despite this, manager Eli Gutman says that the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder will be playing in this match, which would be creating a new record in the history books of Israeli football.
Benayoun has been one of the most talented players for Israel over the last few years. The fact that he has represented top clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea and has also played in the Champions League says a lot about his quality. Over the years, he has made 94 appearances for the national team. This is a record that he currently shares within the Israeli national team assistant coach Arik Benado. However, the 34-year-old midfielder will be going past the assistant coach when he makes an appearance against Mexico.
There will be little pressure on the player since he has just achieved promotion with QPR back to the Premier league, although it remains doubtful whether he will remain at the London club into the new season. “Benayoun has played well recently and he deserves to be called up. I’m not interested in the record. But if he is already going to break it, he deserves to do so in front of 100,000 fans at the Azteca Stadium,” said the manager speaking ahead of the match. This match is expected to witness a huge turnover with Mexico set to take part in the World Cup 2014 in a few weeks. They will be up against teams like Brazil in the competition.