Thursday 26 September 2013
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has named Steven Gerrard, Santi Cazorla and Wayne Rooney in his Topps Match Attax "dream team".
The England international, who is brand ambassador for the all-new 2013-14 season of Topps Match Attax, the official Barclays Premier League trading card game enjoyed by 1.25m children each season.
"Wayne Rooney is the most skilled Barclays Premier League player on the field and Theo Walcott definitely has the best speed"
"Out of all the current Barclays Premier League players, Santi Cazorla has a great ability to read the game, and when it comes to possessing the greatest strength and stamina on the pitch, I'd say Steven Gerrard is definitely at the top," Wilshere said. "Wayne Rooney is the most skilled Barclays Premier League player on the field and Theo Walcott definitely has the best speed!"
The 21-year-old midfielder will star in the leading collectible company's television advertising campaign for the new season of the world's most successful football trading card game, which launches today.
The latest collection comes with a new look alongside a brand new game-play format and promises to be the best yet, offering football fans and collectors alike a fun-filled accompaniment to the new Barclays Premier League season.
"I'm really excited to be supporting the launch of the new season's trading card game," Wilshere said. "It's a great way for children to get involved in football, particularly in developing the tactical side of the game. Having played it myself, it really makes you think about which players you field to win a match.
"With all-new features alongside a full range of player stats, the latest collection offers fans of the Barclays Premier League a great way to follow all the action of the football season. I am really excited about being this season’s ambassador and look forward to meeting Match Attax fans in the coming months."
Every Match Attax card in the 2013-14 collection features player star ratings and a range of statistics, so collectors can rank the Barclays Premier League stars according to power, skill, passing, shooting, speed and tackling, alongside attack and defence categories, making it more exciting than ever. There are also the very latest players’ photos featured on the brand new look cards.
For the first time, each player card also features a player value, allowing collectors the chance to build their own £100m super-squad. The values will also act as an aid to help collectors trade cards fairly in the school playground.
"This takes the game to a whole new level, as fans are now able to choose their very own 'dream team' – I just hope they pick me!"
"This takes the game to a whole new level, as fans are now able to choose their very own 'dream team'," Wilshere said. "I just hope they pick me!"
Rod Pearson, Marketing Director for Topps, said: "We're incredibly excited to be working with Jack to launch the brand new Match Attax collection. It is important that our ambassador is someone our target 8-12 age group of children aspire to. Clearly, Jack's popularity amongst fans and his commitment to the game, as well as his footballing ability showcased in his recent matches for England, really resonates with our young audience, so we are delighted he’s supporting us this season."
The 2013-14 Match Attax collection goes on sale today and features over 400 cards to collect, including Star Player and Star Signing foil cards, stat-boosted Man of the Match cards and 100 club cards. In addition, fans can collect all 20 team manager cards as well as referee cards.
Match Attax packets and Starter Packs can be bought from Tesco, ASDA, Co-op, One Stop, Martins & McColls, WH Smith, Toys 'R' Us, Smyths Toy Shop and all good local independent stores.