|Beasant's guide to ageing goalkeepers|
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Poor old David Seaman has been on the receiving end for his recent mistakes.
Some have said he's past it but I strongly believe he's still England number one. You're definitely not too old at 39.
Many people are calling for a change, but I don't think there's an age limit to when a keeper should pack it in.
It's just down to the individual and how they work and feel.
I'm 43 and I'm working harder now than ever before. I've just got to maintain my level of fitness and standards.
Part of this is catching at least 300 balls a day and also doing a load of diving and twisting.
If someone told me to run for two hours, I'd say "no chance". It wouldn't be any good. The best thing for me is explosive fitness.
And you'd think at my age I'd be aching after these sort of sessions.
Well I don't! What's changed since my younger days is my resting habits!
I used to go shopping and play golf after training, but now I'll sit in a hotel with my feet up and relax.
Being a goalkeeper is different to many other sports.
You wouldn't see an outfield player at 43. It's not physically possible.
Many people say goalkeepers peak at 33 or 34. Some of this is because we don't spend the game running around!
But more importantly, you just get better with experience.
I don't get into so many awkward situations these days because my experience tells me what to do.
People used to criticise David James when he was at Liverpool.
He's 6 foot 4 inches tall and felt he had to go for every cross. But now he's got plenty of games under his belt and he's making better decisions.
Richard Wright's another one who suffered heavy criticism after giving away two penalties against Malta in 2000.
I've made plenty of mistakes as a keeper. No keeper is different and it's the same for Seaman.
But he'll know when to give up. And it's the same with me.
If there was a crisis at a club, I know I'm fit enough and confident enough in my ability to give it a go.
It's nothing to do with age. It's all hard work and determination.
Dave is currently at Wigan Athletic and also assisting in coaching young goalkeepers with ISM.