Super Eagles of Nigeria fielded the youngest average players of all 32 teams that have qualified for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Players from qualified teams were, on average, 27.4 years old when the matches were played.
This gap reflects the tendency for managers to privilege the selection of experienced players that have already proven themselves at the highest level.
The Panamanian squad fielded the oldest players overall (29.4 years of age), followed by Costa Rica (29.0 years of age) and Iceland (29.0 years of age). At the opposite end of the scale, Nigeria (24.9 years of age), Germany (25.7 years of age) and England (25.9 years of age) fielded the youngest players. By Confederation, the average age varies between 26.5 years of age for qualified CAF teams and 28.6 years of age for those of the CONCACAF.
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