The Premier League is nearing the climax of yet another incredible season. We've recently made a number of XIs made up of specific ages or traits here on GiveMeFootball, so I thought the next one should be one consisting of 'golden oldies', aka players who are aged 32+ but still not 'past it'.
Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)
At 40 years of age, Mark Schwarzer is the oldest player in this XI, but the Australian shotstopper is still competent enough to play week in week out. He's played in 27 Premier League matches this season, making 97 saves and keeping seven clean sheets.
Right-back: Phil Neville (Everton)
Phil Neville recently came out and said he'd be willing to play in the lower tiers of English football if it meant extending his career, but he doesn't look out of place whilst captaining a strong Everton side.
Centre-back: John Terry (Chelsea)
The former England captain isn't getting as much match time as he'd like at Stamford Bridge, but there's no doubt that he's still very much an influential figure at Chelsea. Terry is no stranger to controversy, but there's nothing controversial about his place in this team.
Centre-back: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
This is the last season in Carragher's long and successful footballing career, but he's still been a massive boost for Liverpool when he's available to play. The experienced centre half has always given 110 per cent for his club and will be sorely missed.
Left-back: Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Ashley Cole is still widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world, and he's certainly got a few more years left in him. He's won various trophies during his time at Arsenal and Chelsea, but perhaps a venture abroad will tempt him during his final years.
Centre Midfield: Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
Injury has dented what appears to be his second 'final' year at Manchester United, but that hasn't stopped Paul Scholes doing what he does best and spraying passes all over the pitch when fit.
Centre Midfield: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Lampard is the highest scoring midfielder in both national team and Premier League history, being one of only seven players (and the only midfielder) to have hit the net 150 times in the Premier League.
Centre Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Liverpool's captain is one of a select few of what I'd call a 'complete' footballer. He may not be as agile as he used to be, but he's still capable of putting in a high quality shift in the middle of the park for the Reds.
Right Wing: Damien Duff (Fulham)
Damien Duff is probably the surprise inclusion in this squad, but it's fully deserved. One of several older players plying their trade at Craven Cottage, Duff has played 24 Premier League games this season, notching three goals and seven assists.
Centre Forward: Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
Yet another Fulham player but once again, fully deserved. The former Bulgaria international has netted 11 goals in 24 Premier League appearances during his debut season for The Cottagers.
Left Wing: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
Who else but Giggsy? The Welsh wizard is still going strong and has played in some major games for The Red Devils this season, most notably featuring in the second leg of their Champions League tie vs Real Madrid - in which he was voted Man of the Match by www.manutd.com
Other notable Premier League 'golden oldies' include: Brad Friedel, Rio Ferdinand, Sylvain Distin, Scott Parker & Yossi Benayoun.
So, there concludes my 'Golden Oldies' XI. Disagree with any of my selections? Let me know in the comments below!
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