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
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 done," he added. "People are still looking up to the likes of Giggsy, Scholesy and Rio [Ferdinand] from the next generation."