Thursday 25 May 2017

Question nobody asked - who will be the next 40-year-old in the premier League?

EARLIER this season Edwin van der Sar became the ninth player over the age of 40 to play in the Premier League when he started Manchester United's controversial victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Of the other eight, six have been goalkeepers, while Van der Sar is also the only non-British player to feature. The others (from eldest to youngest) were: John Burridge; Alec Chamberlain; Steve Ogrizovic; Neville Southall; Kevin Poole; Teddy Sheringham; David Seaman and Gordon Strachan.

Next on the list is likely to be another goalkeeper and another non-Brit with Brad Friedel needing to get to next October as a Premier League player to join the list and, judging by his form for Aston Villa over the past few seasons, that shouldn't be a problem.

At 37, Kevin Phillips is the oldest outfield player currently playing in the Premier League, although it seems unlikely that he'll last another three years in the top flight. With so many other Premier League records to his name, it wouldn't be surprising if Ryan Giggs (37 at the end of this month) adds his name to yet another remarkable list.

Irish Independent

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