Sno, Wiseman and Blizzard - who else makes the festive football XI?

Most people attempt to do this around Christmas time, but which footballers would make it into a Christmas-themed XI?

This team features a number of players with Christmas connotations – no changing of surnames to make something like Kevin Mince Pie Boateng, this team features legitimate Christmas names, spanning the nativity, weather and Santa himself. I

t's also worth mentioning that this team took extra effort because it's in the Christmas tree formation, as you can see below - even in a green and red hooped kit to signify the holiday theme - anyway, without further ado, here are your festive footballers...

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Goalkeeper: Roy CARROLL

The former Manchester United pipped former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni to a place in the team – Doni translates from Italian as 'gifts' – but the Northern Ireland international's name is synonymous with Christmas – from carol singing to the plethora of 'A Christmas Carol' films, it was too easy to pass up.

Right back: ANGEL Rangel

Of course, it's pronounced 'An-hell' but for the purposes of the exercise, let's pretend it's Angel. In the nativity, Mary learns of the impending birth of Jesus from Angel Gabriel. Which makes the next selection fairly easy...

Centre back: GABRIEL Heinze

See above. Another former Manchester United man, Heinze gets in the side as a central defender. In fact, the defence is fairly nativity-heavy given the next two players...

Centre back: JOSEPH Yobo

Joseph, Mary's husband, was Jesus' stepfather, handing former Everton defender Yobo a place in the team thanks to his nativity-related first name.

Left back: Scott WISEMAN

More nativity-based wordplay, and one of the easiest selections in the team. Barnsley defender Wiseman recently made his debut for Gibraltar as his mother was born there, and whilst he's a natural right back, he has to switch to the left to be accommodated in this team – but there was no way he was going to be left out.

Centre midfielder: Evander SNO

What is Christmas without Sno...w? The former Celtic and Bristol City midfielder was one of the first names on the teamsheet with that name.

Centre midfielder: JESUS Molina

Most people will have assumed Manchester City winger Jesus Navas would get in the team, but with the obvious formation choice, he didn't quite fit in. Instead, Mexican midfielder Jesus Molina takes his place – and, much like Angel Rangel, let's pretend it's not pronounced 'Hey-zus'.

Centre midfielder: Dominic BLIZZARD

This one may be more weather related, but the bracing winter conditions are an obvious factor during the festive period. It's almost hard to believe that this is actually the Plymouth Argyle midfielder's name, but incredibly, it really is.

Right forward: Gergely RUDOLF

Christmas. Rudolf/Rudolph. This one is fairly self-explanatory. The Hungarian forward has disappointing spells with Genoa, Bari and Panathinaikos between 2010 and 2012, but has returned to his home country in a bid to resurrect his career.

Left forward: Antonio DI NATALE

Ah, here is the trick player in the team. Many of you will read Di Natale and wonder how on earth that's Christmas related. In English, Di Natale translates as “Christmas”, and having been a star for Udinese for many years, it's impossible to leave the 36 year old out.

Centre forward: Roque SANTA Cruz

The staple of Christmas is Santa, and former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City has the perfect name to get in this team. The Paraguayan is now in La Liga with Malaga, having been let go by City in the summer having failed to justify his £17.5m switch in 2009.

image: © Howard Lake

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