Architects' Dan Searle picks his 10 favourite footballers...
As part of Architects' takeover, each member will be curating their own personal Top 10, drummer Dan Searle has picked out his 10 favourite footballers…
1. Steven Gerrard
"Total legend. Has scored heaps of important goals and a great leader but most importantly has the BEST worried free kick face. I’ve always wanted to be mates with him. Lad."
2. Frank Lampard
"Again, English midfield legend. Has scored more goals than Gerrard but his free kick face just isn’t as good as Stevie’s. Seems like a terrific bloke and has even released a series of children’s books. Awwwww."
3. Thierry Henry
"Super slick French goal scoring machine. One of the best that we’ve ever had play in England. Seems like a funny bloke too - check out his post match interview with a young Cesc Fabregas."
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
"Was pretty close to the best player in the world in the Premier League but has undoubtedly become the best player in the world now, tied with Leo Messi. A super hate-able face but I’m assured by Sir Alex Ferguson that he is ‘a good boy’."
5. Luis Suarez
"Goofy toothed Uruguayan cannibal. Everyone hates him but I think he’s great. Bit of a cheat and famously tried to eat a bit of Branislav Ivanovic, but an unbelievable and unpredictable player. Football doesn’t have enough characters like this anymore."
6. Sergio Aguero
"My mum calls him ‘The Cheeky Chappy’ because of his lovely smile. His ex-wife's dad is Diego Maradona and his kids godfather is Leo Messi. What a family!!!! Scored the legendary last minute goal at the end of the 2011/2012 session against QPR to secure Man City the league for the first time in 44 years."
7. Ryan Giggs
"The super human/immortal Welsh (ex)winger. 669 league games and counting for Manchester United. 40 years old and still at it. No one knows how he does it. Yoga apparently. 1999 FA cup semi final goal against Arsenal will be shown on TV forever."
8. Alan Shearer
"I have to mention big Al. Scored 283 goals for Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle in his career and captained England. Not bad. His arm in the air goal celebration remains an iconic image."
9. Patrick Vieira
"His rivalry with Roy Keane was unlike anything the Premier League has seen since. Always seemed unflappable but I’m sure he could be a nasty bloke. Caption of the famous Arsenal Invincibles. Can’t say fairer than that.
10. Wayne Rooney
"Been synonymous with the Premier League since his outrageous debut for Everton against Arsenal at the age of 16. A career marred by silly news scandals involving old women and ill advised transfer requests but a legend none the less. 360 appearances and 88 caps so far and he’s only 28. Not bad Wazza."
Architects are taking over hmv.com to celebrate the release of their new album Lost Forever // Lost Together, which is in stores now and which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page. To check the rest of the takeover, which includes a track by track, full retrospective and a detailed look at the making of Lost Forever // Lost Together as well as more Top 10s, click here.
Architects will be meeting fans and signing copies of their new album Lost Forever // Lost Together at:
hmv Brighton - Monday 10th March - 5pm
hmv Cardiff - Tuesday 11th March - 5pm
hmv Southampton - Thursday 13th March - 5pm
We are offering fans the opportunity to download a free track of the single Naysayer from hmvdigital too.