Robbie Fowler fans Ashes football flames

LIVERPOOL legend and former England star Robbie Fowler has thrown his support behind a regular Ashes football concept.

Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop and chairman Frank Lowy met with English FA officials during last year's World Cup, and reiterated their desire to see an England team play in Australia.

They were met with some positive responses.

"Without a shadow of a doubt," Fowler told APN.

"It would be difficult to do every single year because of the logistics, with the distance between the two countries.

"But I think it would make the players more competitive playing against a team that is a strong rival.

"I think it would be brilliant, not only for Australia, but I think it would benefit England as well."

Fowler played in the A-League between 2009 and 2011 for the Perth Glory and the now-defunct North Queensland Fury, and said he believed the game Down Under had taken huge strides forward since then.

The 39-year-old said the Socceroos had become an international force since becoming a part of the Asian confederation, winning the Asian Cup for the first time last month.

"I think the change from Oceania to Asia has benefited everyone," he said.

"No disrespect to the other (Oceania) countries, but you're playing against more competitive teams. It makes the players that little bit stronger and better equipped to go into the bigger games.

"I was in Australia during the last Asian Cup (2011) when the Socceroos lost to Japan after extra-time and you could see the difference then.

"Thankfully they got a chance to come back and win one on their home turf, and everyone will be lifted by it."

At domestic level, Fowler said the A-League now had the right infrastructure in place for more Socceroos stars to emerge, and challenge the likes of England on the world stage.

"I think the potential is massive over here - we've witnessed a progression even since I was playing out here," he said.

"It can be much bigger and better. I'd like to see more teams in the A-League to make that more competitive as well."

After recently promoting Liverpool's pre-season match against the Brisbane Roar, to be played at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, Fowler said he could not wait to return to Brisbane.

"I expect the fans to generate the same atmosphere in Brisbane, and the same noise that we had in Melbourne (when Liverpool took on the Melbourne Victory in front of more than 95,000 fans in 2013)," he said.

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