Southampton’s 2010/11 automatic promotion winning side from League One contained players who would go on to achieve a lot much higher up in the pyramid.
Along with James Ward-Prowse, Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert was reigning Ligue 1 champion Jose Fonte.
Fonte is currently still playing at 37, competing for Lille in the Champions League after captaining the side to an improbable league title last season. The 47-time Portugal international has won the European Championships and Nations League with his country and clocked up 288 appearances for the Saints between 2009 and 2017.
He signed for West Ham United in January 2017 but stayed for just over a year before joining Dalian Professional in the Chinese Super League. After that excursion Fonte would go on to show the best form in his playing career at club level as a mainstay at the heart of defence with Les Dogues going on to finish second, fourth and then first in the French top-flight.
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A quite remarkable rise having been playing in League One as a 26-year-old with glamourous away days against the likes of Dagenham and Redbridge and Yeovil Town.
Fonte’s contract was extended for an extra year this summer and the 37-year-old has retained the armband as Lille do battle with Wolfsburg, Sevilla and RB Salzburg in Group G of the Champions League. Centre backs typically hit their peak a little later than players in other positions, but not this late.