Teddy Sheringham - 40yrs 272 days
Gordon Strachan - 40yrs 83 days
Bryan Robson - 39yrs 355 days
Dean Windass - 39yrs 269 days
Ray Wilkins - 39yrs 233 days
Trevor Francis - 39yrs 215 days
Ryan Giggs - 39yrs 171 days
helping today's stars perform at the highest level for longer but Sheringham pinned his faith in his own knowledge of his body – something that clearly stood him in good stead.
"Sports science had come in for about five or six years when I was still playing," he stated. "But I didn't pay too much attention when I was involved. I got through 20 years of my career so there was no way I was going to start listening to sports science and people telling me certain things I could and couldn't do.
"It just didn't go down well with me as I had my routine and regime and that was it. You get to know your own body as you get older. It was only when you're younger that you get very frustrated but you learn to realise what's going on when you're older."
Sheringham believes the elder statesmen in the squad, including recently-retired Paul Scholes who has been tipped to stay on as a coach, can continue to inspire the younger players.
"Without a doubt, they are the ones that lead by example and show the youngsters how it is