Football: Top 10 Xmas kids

Football: Top 10 Xmas kids
After long, successful spells with Coventry and Leeds, Gary McAllister (right) arguably peaked during the twilight of his career as he inspired Liverpool to a cup treble in 2001.

Only one set of presents, and having to play football on your birthday instead of painting the town red. The perils of the footballers born during the festive period.

1) Aaron Ramsey (Dec 26, 1990)

What better way to spend your birthday than running around Upton Park yesterday trying to lift your side back to the summit of the EPL? Ramsey was dubbed "The Next Fabregas" after breaking into the Arsenal side as a teenager, but a broken leg suffered against Stoke hindered his progress.

However, the Welshman has re-emerged like a phoenix from the ashes this season, shocking a footballing world who had all but written him off.

Even at 23, he still looks young enough to believe in Father Christmas.

2) Gary McAllister (Dec 25, 1964)

After long, successful spells with Coventry and Leeds, G-Mac arguably peaked during the twilight of his career as he inspired Liverpool to a cup treble in 2001 at the age of 36.

Gerard Houllier described the Scot as his most inspirational signing and, despite spending only two years at Anfield, he was placed at No. 32 in the Players Who Shook Up The Kop survey.

Was given an emotional standing ovation on his final appearance for the club in May 2002 in the 5-0 drubbing of Ipswich.

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