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The former Liverpool star was in Courts Tampines on Sunday for a meet-and-greet session with fans and gave his thoughts on England's Euro chances and Liverpool's new manager

Robbie Fowler was in Singapore as part of Courts wider efforts to promote football to the local community.

At the press conference, the former Liverpool number 9 fielded several questions before meeting fans.

A well-travelled footballer having played in England, Australia and Thailand, Fowler was candid with his opinion about the standard of regional football.

"Well, it’s not Premier League standard if that’s what you’re asking," was his frank assessment.

"But there are some technically gifted players, as skilled as any player I've seen.

"The football system here just needs a little bit of tweaking because Southeast Asian football definitely has potential to improve. The standard that I have seen so far is good, far better than I expected!"

When asked about England’s chances in the upcoming European Championsips, Fowler was quite the realist, believing that they would struggle against sides like Germany and Spain.

However, he singled out England captain, Steven Gerrard, to be the man to carry the team forward.

"It will be tough for them [England] to win it," said the former England international.

"There are many other good teams out there, such as Germany, Spain and Netherlands. Even France has the potential to mix it up. On paper and on the pitch, they all look a better team than England.

"While of course I'm hoping they do well and go far in the tournament, but to be honest, I think it will be a struggle.

"Our key player has to be Steven Gerrard. I've played with him and had him as my captain. He's a fantastic player and any side with him in it is definitely be a better side.

"England are already missing Wayne Rooney which will be a big loss, so it will be down to the other players to stand up and be counted,"

On Liverpool’s appointment of new manager, Brendan Rodgers, Fowler backed the ex-Swansea man to bring glory to Liverpool despite his relatively young age.

"I think it is a good appointment," said Fowler of Rodgers.

"His record at Swansea last season was fantastic. I hope he'll come into Liverpool and get them playing the right way, because a club like Liverpool deserves to be high up in the league.

"In my book, it is a great appointment by the club.

"I don't believe [his] age is much of a problem. You know what they say about players, 'If you're young enough and good enough, then age does not really matter'. The same should apply to managers and Brendan Rodgers."

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