Premier League: Short footballers XI
Rafael, Sergio Aguero & Santi Cazorla show that size doesn't matter
In arguably the most physical league in the world, it could be assumed that it would be mandatory to be physically imposing or at least taller than average to hold your own.
But these players have defied that logic and make the shortest XI in the league.
Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm | Swansea City| Height: 6ft
Vorm is rated as one of the Premier League's best shot-stoppers, despite being the smallest. He has impressed to such an extent that the Daily Star has even speculated that Barcelona may be interested in acquiring his signature this summer.
Right-back: Rafael | Manchester United | Height: 5ft 8in
The swashbuckling Brazilian is notorious for his ravaging forward runs, but since moving to England he has matured greatly and has shown his defensive capabilities this season whilst making 23 league appearances.
Centre-back: Phil Jagielka | Everton | Height: 6ft
The former Sheffield United man has been capped 16 times by England, and at a position where height is generally needed, his just average height has not restricted him playing over 200 times for Everton, in just six years.
Centre-back: Johnny Heitinga | Everton | Height: 5ft 11in
Another Everton centre-back, it seems David Moyes' selection policy is not effected by the stereotypical view of the game. Capped 85 times by Netherlands, Heitinga is a former Dutch Footballer of the Year, so clearly his height has not held him back.
Left-back: Leighton Baines | Everton | Height: 5ft 7in
The tiny England international uses his slight physique to wriggle his way down the wing but his bullet of a shot and defensive ability defy his appearance. Having clocked his first international goal last year he has played just 15 times for England mainly down to competition from Ashley Cole.
Right-wing: Aaron Lennon | Tottenham | Height: 5ft 5in
The Spurs winger has pace to burn and is largely considered as one of the fastest players in the Premier League which, combined with his dribbling ability, compensates for his height - or lack of it.
Centre-midfield: Joe Allen | Liverpool | Height: 5ft 6in
The Welshman has been somewhat disappointing since joining former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. He earned his reputation at Swansea for his impeccable and immaculate passing accuracy, which has never really come to fruit at Anfield.
Centre-midfield: Leon Britton | Swansea City | Height: 5ft 5in
Allen's former team-mate Britton has overseen Swansea's rise from League Two to the Premier League, either side of a spells at West Ham and Sheffield United. Britton's journey with the Swans culminated with the Welsh side's crowning as Capital One Cup champions earlier this year.
Left-wing: Santi Cazorla | Arsenal | Height: 5ft 6in
The little Spanish wizard is widely regarded as Arsenal's best player so far this season with his 12 league goals and eight assists. Capped over 50 times by Spain with competition from the likes of David Silva and Juan Mata, Cazorla is clearly an accomplished winger on either side.
Striker: Jermain Defoe | Tottenham | Height: 5ft 6in
Defoe's early season goals have dried up recently, having not added to his 10 league goals in 2013. His pacy and direct playing style has powered his ascent to eighth in the top goalscorer chart in Spurs' history, to go with his 19 international goals.
Striker: Sergio Aguero | Manchester City | Height: 5ft 7in
The Argentine beats Andy Johnson to the final place as Johnson has only played twice for QPR so far this season. Aguero had a debut season to remember in England, scoring 23 league goals including his unforgettable 94th minute winner against QPR to clinch the title.
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