The World Cup Veterans XI

There's been plenty of talk about the bright young things at this World Cup(Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling etc) but what about the veterans? This XI is all 34-plus...

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sommaze (Liverpool) says...

Mondragon is a great name really; sounds like (and reminds me of) Pendragon (of Merlin) to me. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is here at last! Bring it on!!

Posted 8:58pm 12th June 2014

JacobBurns (Leeds United) says...

The entire Nigeria squad are probably all over 34.

Posted 11:47am 11th June 2014

antipodean red (Liverpool) says...

i maybe biased but what about Tim Cahill. 3rd WC for Australia and all round good guy. Also he is pretty handy with his head !!

Posted 5:25am 11th June 2014

ajsr1982 (Liverpool) says...

It strikes me that you could have had a midfield of Gerrard, Pirlo, Lampard and Xavi. But you don't.

Posted 1:33pm 10th June 2014

MeMcMe (Bolton Wanderers) says...

magico gonzalez, Buffon didn't play in '98. Your point still stands that it's an amazing achievement all the same. On a different note, I was oh so pleasantly surprised to find an F365 article mentioning Pirlo without gushing about his looks/beard. A big well done to Adam Bate for not resorting to the en vogue pseudo-bisexuality.

Posted 2:10am 10th June 2014

tk421 says...

Must be my "unique" brain but any time I see Klose's name I just think of C3PO yelling "Klose?!" as the Han decides he's going closer to "one of the big ones"

Posted 11:09pm 9th June 2014

andylfc (Liverpool) says...

@stevenjameshyde - I think you're spot on - didn't Forlan win the Golden Ball as player of the tournament?

Posted 11:02am 9th June 2014

stevenjameshyde (Notts County) says...

I suspect you'll get a lot of these, but Thomas Muller won the Golden Boot four years ago. Forlan was joint top scorer (along with David Villa and Wesley Sneijder), but Muller won on assists

Posted 8:46am 9th June 2014

metal (West Ham United) says...

No matter what is their club form but Klose and Podolski always get picked up for national team and always deliver..

Posted 5:42am 9th June 2014

magico gonzalez says...

Great article and great keeper. Worth noting however that a certain Gigi Buffon is about to play his 5th World Cup

Posted 12:51am 9th June 2014

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