England boss Roy Hodgson insists age will have no bearing on a Three Lions career as long as he is at the helm.
Hodgson selected 34-year-old Frank Lampard as his skipper in Wednesday's win over Italy.
Lampard was partnered in central midfield by 31-year-old Michael Carrick, and another two members of the over-30s club, Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker, were his preferred partnership at Euro 2012.
For Lampard in particular, the 2014 World Cup seems a long way off.
However, whilst Hodgson is anxious to stress he is picking teams to win matches rather than as a long-term building process for Brazil, his past experience means he will never discard anyone on the grounds of what it says on their birth certificate.
"I remember having Jari Litmanen and Sami Hyypia with Finland, one was 38, the other 34, playing in a side whose average age was around 31," he said.
"Sami was a very similar player at 34 to when he was 19.
"Frank is a very fit lad. He is one of those players who plays a lot of matches one after another without injury.
"I am rather hoping he will keep fit, playing well and first of all helps us get to Brazil and then be a contender.
"It is not something that concerns me at this moment in time. It might if we qualify and either he is not playing well or showing signs of being past it."
Providing he retains his hunger, there is no reason why Lampard's body should fail him, with the huge advances in sports science prolonging careers like never before.
Carrick's team-mate Ryan Giggs is about to start his 23rd season, with every likelihood the Welshman will continue beyond this term as well.
"Players are looked after so well in their clubs now with the rehabilitation and recuperation, it is only really major injuries that can stop them," said Hodgson.
"Michael and Frank are still doing what they did at 19 but with the added advantage of having all the experience, quality and ability that matches and experience give you.
"Age is not a crucial factor when it comes to a footballer.
"It is how good he is, how fit he is and how capable he is of doing the work required."