Germany are my Euro 2012 favourites: Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler was in town to grace the Courts Football Carnival. (Yahoo! photo/Daniel Teo)Robbie Fowler was in town to grace the Courts Football Carnival. (Yahoo! photo/Daniel Teo)

He may be English but former Liverpool favourite Robbie Fowler says Germany is his pick for Euro 2012.

The 37-year-old, who was in town to grace the Courts Football Carnival over the weekend, met over 200 fans in meet-and-greet session with fans on Sunday at Courts  Megastore in Tampines.

The Liverpool legend and former England striker said, "If you look at the form at past tournaments, you can't deny that the Spanish have done really well. Holland are also playing good football and got to the 2010 World Cup final".

"But you just can't afford to count the Germans out. Whenever there's a major tournament the Germans always do well. I understand there are a lot of Bayern Munich players in the side and they all looked weary towards the end of the season but I'm sure they will be well rested for the Euros. So they are my pick."

Incidentally, a Euro 2012 poll on Yahoo! Singapore also had Germany topping the list of favourites.

With the month-long Euro 2012 kicking on Friday (Sat morning, Singapore time), Fowler also was confident England would do well, despite a rash of injuries which have robbed the Three Lions of Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard and most recently defender Gary Cahill. Star striker Wayne Rooney is also out for the first two group games due to suspension.

Fowler said, "The thing with England is even with all the problems they have, they will always be there or thereabouts. I'm not talking about winning the tournament but they are always among the favourites with the bookmakers and fans.

"And the fact that the players come from the Premier League, which is the best league in the world, does not help in lifting the pressure from them," he added.

Turning his thoughts to a tumultous off-season which has seen Liverpool appoint a new manager in Brendan Rodgers, the former striker revered as "God" among the Kop faithful expressed hope that Rodgers would lead the Reds back to its former glory.

"I believe Rodgers will be great for Liverpool eventually. It's not going to be an easy start for him. He's going to walk in with his own ideas so he will probably need some settling in period," he said.

"His record at Swansea was brilliant and had them play the right way. And so we can look forward to a more attacking style of play under him and that's what all Liverpool fans want.

Fowler said he was sad to see Kop legend Kenny Dalglish leave.

"I love Kenny Dalglish as a person, a coach and a player. He's everything players and managers want to be. I would have kept faith in him and give him a little bit more time," he said.

"Liverpool have not won a trophy for years and he has come in and won the Carling Cup and nearly won the FA Cup final. So his record is not as bad as what people make out. I'm sorry to see him go but I can understand why the owners wanted a change," he added.

"The realistic target is definitely to better last season's finish. I'm not going to say Liverpool will finish fourth or even win the league.

"Last year we weren't good enough. At times, we played good football but there were times we were just poor. So let's hope they continue progressing and eventually get to where they want to be."

On his own future, Fowler said he feels he has one more year of good football left in him.

He revealed, "I know I'm 37 this year but I feel that I have one more year left in me. So I'm trying to find a club. I might or might not happen but I want to play one more year.

"As for whether I will manage Liverpool one day, I would say why not? Liverpool is a big part of my life and if I'm asked to go back in any capacity whether be it as a coach or ambassador, it would be something really special," he added.

Fowler is the fourth highest goal-scorer in the history of the English Premier League and his England career saw him capped 26 times, scoring seven goals. He remains to be the only player to have scored more than 30 goals in his first three full seasons in England.