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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 14:20 GMT
Ex-players back Bowyer
Leeds United's Lee Bowyer
Bowyer is now free to concentrate on his career
Former Leeds player Chris Kamara believes Lee Bowyer will be part of England's World Cup squad after being been cleared of GBH and affray.

The verdict was given at Hull Crown Court on Friday, where Bowyer was cleared off all charges over a brutal street attack on an Asian student.


Bowyer's character and temperament are not in question
Chris Kamara

Team-mate Jonathan Woodgate was found guilty of affray but cleared of causing grievous bodily harm.

"We had Sven on the phone a few weeks ago and Lee Bowyer was one of the first names he mentioned," said Kamara.

"I don't think there is any doubt he will be in the squad.

"He was one of the first names on Sven's lips, he wanted to see how good they were.

"Bowyer's character and temperament are not in question.

"He is a goalscoring midfielder and can run for 90 minutes and get you valuable goals.


I would hate to think Lee Bowyer has to carry this burden for the rest of his life
Peter Lorimer

"If he shows the form he did before the court case I'm sure he will be in the squad."

Lesson learned

Bowyer continued to play during the trial and produced some of his best form during that time.

"His character is one to be admired because when you have those kind of worries it would not have been a surprise if his form was affected.

"Now it's out of the way I'm sure you'll see even better from him."

Kamara also believed that Leeds would stand by Woodgate, found guilty of affray.

"I don't think there is any doubt. He's a talented footballer.

"It's been very difficult for David O'Leary and the football club to try and be successful and they can hold their heads up high as far as that is concerned."

Former defender Leeds defender Norman Hunter agreed with Kamara that Bowyer had a good chance of making the trip to Korea and Japan.

"If he carried on playing like last year he will be there or there abouts."

Hunter added that he had been impressed by the way the club had handled the trial of the two players.


Off the field activities do affect you and I think it has affected them
Norman Hunter

"The club has conducted themselves absolutely brilliantly and I hope everything turns out for Woodgate.

"I think Leeds will stick with Woodgate. This lad will be one of the best central defenders in the country but it is how it affects him in the future."

And the former Leeds defender anticipated that the club's performances on the pitch to pick up now the spectre of the trial had lifted.

"It has been a difficult situation for club, manager, staff and the players.

"Off the field activities do affect you and I think it has affected them but once the case is settled, they can start playing and pushing Liverpool."


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