Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

TeleBest: The best Premier League veterans

Paul Scholes, 34 Manchester United's quiet man proved he's still worth a shout in the centre of midfield for United with his crucial winner in the Champions League match against Besiktas earlier this month. Another player who's struggled with injuries as the years have gone on but Scholes still has much of the ability that marked him out as England's most gifted midfielder for many years.
David James, 39 The Portsmouth stopper edges out worthy contenders Brad Friedel and Edwin van der Sar simply due to the fact he was born a few months earlier. At the age of 39, and with a career worthy of having a roller coaster named after him, he's currently Fabio Capello's number one choice between the pegs for England and is one of the few glimmers of hope that Pompey fans can cling on to in their bid to avoid relegation.
Kevin Phillips, 36 Kevin Phillips is now 36 and has seen his Premier League career go up and down more times than a yo-yo. His first season in the top flight came with Sunderland and it finished with the golden boot award after he netted 30 goals. Ever since, he's struggled to hit those heights and has been a part of a numerous promotions and relegations. This season Phillips is back once more. After helping Birmingham gain promotion he's been given another crack at top-flight football.Kevin Phillips, 36 Kevin Phillips is now 36 and has seen his Premier League career go up and down more times than a yo-yo. His first season in the top flight came with Sunderland and it finished with the golden boot award after he netted 30 goals. Ever since, he's struggled to hit those heights and has been a part of a numerous promotions and relegations. This season Phillips is back once more. After helping Birmingham gain promotion he's been given another crack at top-flight football.

With Ryan Giggs ageing better than a bottle of fine wine, it could be argued that the advantages of age and experience outstrip youth and enthusiasm.



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With this in mind, we raise a glass to the veterans still plying their trade in the top flight by picking our best XI, who (if you're interested) have a combined age of 379.





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