If the Euro 2016 trophy was awarded according to average age, Ireland would be champions

Ireland have the oldest average age of all teams to make it to France

If the Euro 2016 trophy was awarded according to average age, Ireland would be champions

Goalkeeper Shay Given ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

It's fair to say, Ireland are not sending the youngest group of players to Euro 2016 this summer.

Far from it in fact, as Martin O'Neill's squad are the oldest on average at 29 and eight months at the end of the qualifying campaign.

That's more than any other squad heading to France with 11 players in the Ireland 23 currently aged 30 or over. Shay Given is the elder statesman in a mature squad, having turned 40 in April.