With a combined age of 384, we pick an XI featuring the Premier League’s oldest players.
Shay Given (40) has made over 450 Premier League appearances in his 22-year career. The Republic of Ireland keeper has had spells with Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Aston Villa and – most memorably – Newcastle United. Given is now at Stoke City and started the season in goal before losing his place to Lee Grant.
Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna (33) and Alvaro Arbeloa (33) are the full-backs. Sagna arrived in English football from French side Auxerre in 2007, and he has gone on to win the FA Cup with Arsenal and the League Cup with Manchester City.
Arbeloa had two seasons with Liverpool before spending the next seven years at Real Madrid. He is back in the Premier League with West Ham United.
Gareth McAuley (37) and Marcin Wasilewski (36) are the centre-backs. McAuley has played every minute of football for West Bromwich Albion so far this season. The oldest outfielder in the Premier League has also scored three league goals for the Baggies.
The Premier League often favours young and pacey wingers, but veterans Steven Pienaar (34) and Shaun Maloney (33) are still going strong. Pienaar has over 200 top-flight appearances after spells with Everton and Tottenham. He is currently with Sunderland after reuniting with former-Everton boss David Moyes in the summer.
Maloney grabbed an assist and a goal in his first game back in the Premier League against Swansea City. The Hull City man has mainly featured off the bench for Mike Phelan’s side.
Michael Carrick (35) and Gareth Barry (35) have a combined total of over 1,000 Premier League games between them. Carrick has yet to be in a losing side for Manchester United this season and was captain for their recent 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Barry has only missed one league game for Everton all season. The midfielder has also played for Aston Villa and Manchester City in his 18 year top-flight career.
There is no shortage of height and talent up front with Zlatan Ibrahimović (34) and Peter Crouch (34). Ibrahimović joined Manchester United in the summer and already has eight league goals this season.
Peter Crouch is just four goals away from 100 Premier League goals. The 6ft 7 Stoke forward has predominantly been used as a substitute by Mark Hughes this campaign.