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The Premier League's Oldest XI - 2016/17

Thursday 25th May 2017
Yes, it's that time of the year when we look at the players who've featured throughout the season in the twilight of their careers. Essentially, I spent a bit of research time hunting around to find a team of players who make up the oldest XI of the 2016/17 season.

My only rules? They must've played at least one game for their club this season and must not have retired between matchday one and matchday 38.

Standard 4-4-2, nice and simple:

Goalkeeper: Shay Given

Just edging out Paul Robinson by a small matter of THREE years; Shay Given is now 41-years-old and plying his trade at Stoke City. Naturally, he isn't the club's first choice 'keeper with Jack Butland occupying the number one shirt but the ever reliable Irishman filled in during Butland's most recent injury spell.

Shipping 14 goals from five Premier League appearances isn't a great record, however...

Right Back: Angel Rangel

As the oldest player to profess to be a right back this season is Swansea's Angel Rangel at 34 years of age. Hardly anyone's first choice for fantasy football but his advancing years have forced my hand here.

Centre Back: Gareth McAuley

Not only is McAuley the oldest centre back to play all season; he is actually the second oldest player to turn out for any club this season at 37 years and five months - the only older player to appear this season is 41-year-old Shay Given.

Centre Back: Marcin Wasilewski

A junior in comparison to his defensive partner; Wasilewski is 36 years and 11 months old but has still played a role for Leicester City this season. In fact, Wasilewski was among the club's fastest players in the season before last according to the EPL Index - veteran sprinting centre back? Yes please.

Left Back: Bacary Sagna

I know! Sagna by trade is a right back but he has been shifted over to the left throughout the season for Man City; so it counts! Bizarrely, within the top 50 oldest players this season there isn't an out and out left back so Sagna will have to do at 34 years and three months.

Defensive Midfield: Gareth Barry

I'm as annoyed as you are, trust me. However, due to the simple criteria of this team, Gareth Barry is indeed the oldest defensive midfielder to appear in the Premier League this season: 36 years, 2 months, 10 yellow cards, one irritating git.

Right Midfield: Jonathan Walters

Things are getting worse! Another player who should maybe call it a day - Jonny Walters is now 33 and 1/2 years old but still behaves more like his shoe size annoyingly.

Left Midfield: Steven Pienaar

One of my favourite jokes of the year: How do you know David Moyes is in the Premier League? Because Steven Pienaar is too - at a mere 35 years old; how much longer can this pretender keep a job in professional football?

Attacking Midfield: Shaun Maloney

Specifically attacking midfield (sorry Leon Britton and Joey Barton); Shaun Maloney spearheads the midfield attack at 34 years and three months. Maybe not the preferred choice but he's certainly served a purpose for Hull City throughout the year - I'm just not sure what it is.

Forward: Peter Crouch

Yep; Spare Part Pete is the oldest striker the Premier League has seen this season. 36 years old and still as dangerous as ever inside or outside of the box - it's just a shame someone's gotten in the way of him linking up with his old friend Jermaine...

Forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

35 years old and not getting any better according to Paul Merson; Zlatan came, saw and gave a concerted effort to conquer. 17 league goals is one hell of a return for a free transfer - we're all hoping he stays for another year after recovering from a horror ACL injury.

Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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