Fowler rescues England
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Samuel Eto'o had opened the scoring five minutes in after Pierre Wome's cross came back off a post, but Darius Vassell levelled matters with a clinical finish from a Paul Scholes pass.
Geremi shot Cameroon ahead in the second half with a stunning free kick, but Fowler, on as a substitute, had the final say in the dying seconds.
Eriksson opted to employ Wes Brown and Wayne Bridge in the full back roles, with Joe Cole handed his first start at international level.
However, England found the 2002 African Cup of Nations winners strong opponents, and they soon fell behind when Patrick Mboma found Wome in space on the left flank.
The defender's cross beat Nigel Martyn and hit a post, falling kindly for Eto'o as it rebounded back into play, and the in-form striker lashed it home.
To their credit, England bounced back seven minutes later when Scholes picked the ball up after Michael Owen was dispossessed.
The Manchester United midfielder threaded a wonderful through ball to Vassell, who took one touch and finished clinically, off a post, for his third international goal.
Owen was ruled offside when Boukar Alioum comically dropped a looping header from Emile Heskey, as there was clearly no evidence of a foul from the captain when he prodded the ball into the roof of the net.
Mboma, always a muscular threat in attack, saw a header from a Lauren cross well saved by Martyn, and there were some rum challenges in the midfield as the match maintained a competitive edge.
Owen had a long-range effort easily saved by Alioum, and was then unable to get on the end of a Scholes cross when Rigobert Song made a fantastic clearance.
Towards the end of the first half, Geremi served notice of his intentions with a free kick that was inches off target.
The Real Madrid man got it right after 58 minutes, after Gareth Southgate handled outside the box. Geremi's sweetly-struck set-piece sailed past substitute keeper David James to make it 2-1.
James did well to save from a flashing left footed drive by Mboma, as Cameroon continued to ask questions of the English defence.
However, Eriksson's men showed their spirit, and created a number of chances in the closing stages.
Alioum made a smart stop to keep out a Trevor Sinclair header from an Owen Hargreaves corner, and Teddy Sheringham should have scored with a free header from a Sinclair cross.
The Tottenham forward only glanced at the ball, and it almost let in Fowler at the far post.
As Cameroon prepared for a famous win over the side that knocked them out of the 1990 World Cup, England snatched a last-gasp equaliser.
Sheringham's intelligent header allowed Fowler to nod the ball into an inviting net to register his first international goal away from home.
The Leeds hot-shot admitted afterwards he is still being troubled by a hip injury, but he must be in contention for a leading role in Japan and Korea.
Cameroon did have an earlier opportunity presented to them when James spilled a cross, but he then atoned with a fine stop from Patrick Suffo, but England's spirited late response perhaps earned them the right to claim a draw.