first_img1 Sport Magazine sat down with Robbie Fowler for a one-on-one recently – but just who would ‘God’ hate to get stuck in a lift with?This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWho was the best footballer you played alongside in your career?“Probably Steven Gerrard – but another who I loved playing with, because my understanding with him was superb, was Steve McManaman. I don’t think Steve gets the accolades that he deserves. He was a phenomenal player. He’s the most successful British player to play abroad, with all he won with Real Madrid.”What about if you could pick a modern-day footballer to play alongside?“I actually played in a testimonial with Luis Suarez for about ten minutes – and obviously I wasn’t good enough to keep up with him on my ageing legs, but I could see that he was a class player. I’d love to have played with him, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. It’s ridiculous how good the three of them are.”What’s your favourite career goal?“I’ll give you a goal probably not many people would remember. In 2001, Liverpool won a lot of trophies, but also we needed to win our last league game against Charlton to qualify fornext season’s Champions League. I scored an overhead kick in that game, at Charlton’s ground. It wasn’t the greatest goal in the world, but it just meant so much because it was the first goal and it really calmed us all down. We went on to win 4-0. So that means a lot to me, even though it was just a basic goal.”Sure, just a basic overhead kick, Robbie. Sport has scored a hatful of them…“It wasn’t one of those spectacular overhead kicks where both feet were in the air! It just fell to me from a corner and I manipulated my body to get into position. Not the conventional overhead kick, if that makes sense.”It does. Have you ever been starstruck?“Yeah, I was on a plane once and got sat next to Sean Connery. I was talking to him and I was just delighted that he knew who I was! There I am: talking to James Bond on a plane. Actually, one of my regrets is probably not getting a picture with him. He was superb.”Who’s your favourite sports person to watch who isn’t a footballer?“I used to love watching Tiger Woods, but – for what he’s achieved in his career – it has to be AP McCoy. There are many good jockeys, so for him to be the top jockey for 20 years – no one will ever get near that. Think of all the injuries he’s had, too. He’s probably fallen and broken every bone in his body. Then he just got back up and did it all again.”Which sport puts you to sleep?“A long day of Test cricket might, but I love the one-dayers and the Twenty20s. Even the Tests can be really exciting when there’s a lot to play for. I can watch any sport at all, to be honest.”They’re making a film of your life: who ideally plays Robbie Fowler?“I’m thinking Tom Cruise! I’m not sure if he’d be any good at footy though, to be fair.”If you were stuck in a lift with an ex-teammate, who’d be the best and who’d be the toughest to handle?“Jamie Carragher as the tough one. A great lad, but sometimes his, erm… habits aren’t what they should be. I’ll leave it at that! To be stuck with? Steve McManaman. I could spend many a day chatting with him.” Robbie Fowler last_img

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