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The 10 most embarrassing middle names in the Premier League

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Mario Balotelli completed his move to Liverpool from AC Milan on Monday

Mario Balotelli completed his move to Liverpool from AC Milan on Monday

Mario Balotelli completed his move to Liverpool from AC Milan on Monday

Embarrassment is surely the reason middle names are given.

Few children with amusing or unusual names squeezed between first and surname escape the wrath of the school ground jokers (this particular writer included).

Yesterday the 25-man squad lists for every Premier League team were issued and with it a few interesting middle names came to light.

It would be safe to assume that Philip Nikodem Jagielka is the brunt of a few jokes at the England training camp whilst QPR midfielder Jordon James Edward Sydney Mutch is unlikely to escape a ribbing when the team gather again after the international break.

Here, we've selected our favourite 10 from the Premier League...

1. Jagielka, Philip Nikodem

The England defender could have represented Poland, through his grandfather from whom he takes his middle name.

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Everton defender Phil Jagielka  in action with Aston Villa's Aleksandar Tonev

Everton defender Phil Jagielka in action with Aston Villa's Aleksandar Tonev

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Everton defender Phil Jagielka in action with Aston Villa's Aleksandar Tonev

 

2. Richards, Ashley Darel Jazz

The Swansea midfielder's middle name is arguably more cool than it is embarrassing.

3. Welbeck, Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah

Arsenal's latest signing would have fitted in better at Tiki-Taka playing Barcelona with that middle name.

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Arsenal's new signing Danny Welbeck

Arsenal's new signing Danny Welbeck

Arsenal's new signing Danny Welbeck

 

4. Terry, John George AND Gerrard, Steven George

The two previous England captains couldn't have had more fitting middle names for the role. Current Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney's middle name is Mark.

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Chelsea captain John Terry rises highest to head the ball clear in the Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Chelsea captain John Terry rises highest to head the ball clear in the Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Chelsea captain John Terry rises highest to head the ball clear in the Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

 

5. Johnson, Glen McLeod Cooper

Liverpool and England defender Johnson has not one but two unusual middle names.

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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson insists the players are professional enough to get the job done in the quest for the title

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson insists the players are professional enough to get the job done in the quest for the title

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson insists the players are professional enough to get the job done in the quest for the title

 

6. Mutch, Jordon James Edward Sydney

The QPR midfielder has a great Australian city included among his middle names. He's from Derby in the East Midlands.

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Jordon Mutch has completed his move from Cardiff to QPR

Jordon Mutch has completed his move from Cardiff to QPR

Jordon Mutch has completed his move from Cardiff to QPR

 

7. Mirallas Y Castillo, Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain

The Everton forward gets a nod on the middle names front for having so many of them.

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Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates scoring his goal against Chelsea

Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates scoring his goal against Chelsea

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Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates scoring his goal against Chelsea

 

8. Balotelli, Mario Barwuah

A somewhat unusual middle name for the Italian is actually his paternal mother's surname.

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 Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

 

9. Ferdinand, Rio Gavin

Rio Gavin is as much like an oxymoron as two names could get.

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Queens Park Rangers' Rio Ferdinand  during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 16, 2014. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Queens Park Rangers' Rio Ferdinand during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 16, 2014. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

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Queens Park Rangers' Rio Ferdinand during the Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 16, 2014. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

 

10. Walcott, Theo James Yes

Theo Walcott's middle name isn't actually James Yes - but an error on the Premier League website suggests it is.

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Theo Walcott appears happy with the latest away strip

Theo Walcott appears happy with the latest away strip

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Theo Walcott appears happy with the latest away strip

 

Which is your favourite middle name from the collection here? Let us know in the comments below.

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