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Footballers with surprisingly good taste in music

Words: Jim Butler

Time was, you knew where you stood with footballers’ music tastes. As any issue of Match or Shoot from the '80s and '90s will attest, it generally ran the gamut from sickly sanitised soul to rockist rubbish.

And while this noble tradition still exists in some quarters – who could forget former England skipper Steven Gerrard lamping a Southport DJ for allegedly refusing to play Phil Collins? And what about Everton boss Roberto Martinez pulling some dodgy moves to Jason Derulo at the pop star’s recent Manchester gig? – latterly the times have-a-changed.

Granted, Harry Kane has yet to out himself as a fan of melody-bothering techno terrorist Holly Herndon, and we haven’t been privy to Chris Smalling’s blog extolling the virtues of Mancunian indie-pop miserabilists Horsebeach. But, honestly, sometimes the beautiful game’s finest exponents do get it sonically right.

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