XmasXI - The footballers with a festive ring to their name

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We have compiled a list of still active players whose names can be given a little festive meaning. Arsenal, Tottenham, Wigan, Everton, Stoke City, Swansea, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Blackpool players all feature.

Christmas is upon us and with that comes the inevitable #XmasXI hashtag’s floating around on the web. Footballers whose names can be leant a Christmassy meaning are suggested to make up a glorious team of footballers. While there are the obvious suggestions such as Roque SANTA Cruz, Evander SNO or NOEL Hunt; even Andy Carroll SINGERS seemed too obvious. We have purposely left those out of our little select…everyone likes a challenge right.

We have also tried to keep it current with players who are still in action leaving the likes of Mistle-Tony Adams and Ray Parlour games out of the equation.

Instead this is our team of Festive footballers managed by Wrapper Benitez. We have used a few found online on Twitter mixed in with a few of our very own for good measure.

Have a look through and throw in your suggestions at the bottom.

Apologies for not getting the team playing the Christmas Tree formation either.

GK: Wojciech Szczes-nuts roasting on an open fire - (Wojciech Szczesny - Arsenal)

DF: Yule-nous Ka-Bauble - (Younes Kaboul - Tottenham)

DF: Gary Lump of Coal-dwell - (Gary Caldwell - Wigan Athletic)

DF: Dani Elves - (Dani Alves - Barcelonal)

DF: Sleighton Baines - (Leighton Baines - Everton)

MF: Rory Delapland - (Rory Delap - Stoke City)

MF: Santa Claus-orla - (Santi Cazorla - Arsenal)

MF: Wayne Sproutledge - (Wayne Routledge - Swansea)

MF: Thomas Ince-pie - (Thomas Ince - Blackpool)

FW: Edin Dzeko-rations - (Edin Dzeko - Manchester City)

FW: Demba Ba Humbug - (Demba Ba - Newcastle United)

We even have seven substitutes but there was plenty more, although tough to find defenders so be sure to have a real go there.

SUBS

Sleigh Given - (Shay Given - Aston Villa)

‘Angel Gabriel’ Rangel - (Angel Rangel - Swansea)

Clarence Sleighdorf - (Clarence Seedorf - Botafogo)

Frank-Incense Lampard - (Frank Lampard - Chelsea)

Florent Mulled Wine-louda - (Florent Malouda - Chelsea)

David Eggnog - (David Ngog - Bolton)

Sergio Aguer-hohoho - (Sergio Aguero - Manchester City)

Can you give us any more members of our festive footballing team oh and of course … Merry Christmas readers.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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