Aaron is the longest serving member of the current squad having being given his first taste of International football by Lawrie McMenemy back in 1998.
Hughes had already played at U16, U18 and ‘B’ level for Northern Ireland before McMenemy gave him his senior debut in a 1-0 Windsor Park success against Slovakia in March 1998.
Aaron, who is the most capped outfield player in Northern Ireland’s history, announced that he was retiring from International football in October 2011, however, manager Michael O’Neill persuaded him to reverse that decision when he took over the helm in February 2012.
Hughes first skippered his country back in April 2002 when Northern Ireland lost 5-0 to Spain at Windsor Park and to date has now captained his country on 48 occasions.
He made a dramatic debut for his first club Newcastle United when aged just 18 after coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp Stadium in November 1997.
A cultured defender, who can play anywhere along the back-line, he made 278 appearances for Magpies before a £1 million move to fellow Premier League outfit Aston Villa in August 2007.
After just two seasons at Villa Park, Hughes was on his travels again when his former International boss Lawrie Sanchez signed him to join his Northern Ireland team-mates David Healy, Steven Davis and Chris Baird at Fulham.
After a very successful seven years at Craven Cottage, Hughes moved across West London and dropped out of the Premier League for the first time in his career and joined Queens Park Rangers in the Championship.
After a frustrating season at Loftus Road, where he played just eleven games, he moved to the South Coast and linked up with Brighton in summer of 2014.
Australian A-League side Melbourne City snapped him up on a free transfer in July 2015, where for the first time in his club or International career he had not been given his favourite number 18 squad number!
In April 2016 Hughes was released by Melbourne City. He became only the second Northern Ireland player to win 100 caps when he played against Slovakia in the final pre EURO 2016 warm-up game in June 2016.
After playing in three of Northern Ireland's four EURO 2016 matches he signed a one-year contract with Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.
In January 2017 Hughes signed a deal with Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts until the end of the season.
|Club||Heart of Midlothian|
|Position||Centre Back / Right Back|
|DOB||8th November 1979|
|Place of Birth||Magherafelt|
|Height||6’0 / 1.83m|
|Weight||11.02 / 71kg|
|Debut||25th March 1998 v Slovakia (h) (won 1-0)|
Senior International Stats
UEFA EURO 2020 Stats