Fowler: Sven persuaded me to play

Last updated : 27 May 2002 By

Leeds United ace Robbie Fowler has revealed that Sven Goran Eriksson persuaded him to declare himself to face Cameroon yesterday.

Fowler, who scored a late equalizer, feared he would aggrivate his hip injury ut Sven persuaded him to have a run out to build his match fitness up.

"I knew I'd play ten or 15 minutes at most," said Fowler. "But it was touch and go whether I'd be involved at all.

"The hip is still niggling and that's why I was concerned about playing at all. But the manager talked me into playing in the end and I'm glad he did now.

"It still hurts but everyone has to play at some stage if they want to have any chance of playing in the World Cup. I want to play but I was concerned I might not be ready. I need more games but I'm glad I got on and it was even better to score the equaliser.

"It wasn't vital to get a result but it's good for us to come away with a draw because it shows we don't give up, which bodes well for the tournament.

"The other important hurdle is that we came through without any injuries. We've had a lot to cope with in the past few days and more injuries was the last thing we needed."

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