Monday 19 February 2018

Robbie Fowler reveals three hilarious anecdotes from his time in the England squad

Robbie Fowler a the launch of eir Sport today
Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Robbie Fowler a the launch of eir Sport today Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy Newsdesk Newsdesk

Robbie Fowler amassed just 26 international caps with England over an eight year period despite being one of the Premier League's greatest goalscorers of that period.

The former Liverpool striker was in Dublin today for the launch of eir Sport, and revealed some very funny stories from his days with the England squad.

Fowler was in Terry Venables squad for Euro 96 as a 21-year-old and spoke about the antics in the team hotel which was completely booked out for the team. Paul Gascoigne features.

"We had the hotel to ourselves and Gazza was throwing cats out windows... No, he was," he told Off The Ball on Newstalk.

"He was by far the best footballer we've produced. He was unbelievable.

"Anyone who is considered a genius was missing something upstairs and Gazza was nut when he played he was phenomenal to watch. In the dressingroom, he galvanised the whole squad.

"He went a bit loopy at times but you would have him in the squad all day long."

Glenn Hoddle took over from Venables and brought some unusual methods to his management of the team, including the use of faith healer Eileen Drewery.

"Some players used to love going to see her, it wasn't for me," Fowler added.

"I remember going in with Paul Ince, Gazza had already been and Les Ferdinand and they spent hours and hours in the room with her and I went in after those two and I think you have to buy in to something like that. I never bought into it.

"I'm sat in the chair and she's gone round me and she's started placing her hands all over me head, all over my arms, all over my shoulders and she said I had two demons inside me. which was not bad because Gazza had five.

"I was happy with that."

Fowler also spoke of how he confronted Hoddle on the way home from a qualifier in Tbilisi against Georgia after he failed to make the subs bench.

"Of 18 in the squad, I was about the 23rd man so I never got changed and sat in my tracksuit all game and I'd had a few drinks.

"By the time we got on the plane home I was on the double brandys. I remember going up to a few of the lads at the front of the plane and saying that I can't believe that I wasn't even a sub.

"They were egging me on saying, 'You better go and see Glenn', so I thought that I've got to go and see him, so I got another double brandy and a cigar and I go up to the back of the plane and I've had a little whiff of my cigar and a little drink of my brandy and I've asked Glenn why I wasn't playing and he just said: 'I'll see you tomorrow'."

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