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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 19:56 GMT
Bowyer cleared for England
Lee Bowyer
Lee Bowyer could make England's World Cup squad
Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer has been given the green light to resume his England career.

The Football Association has lifted its international ban on the player after he was cleared of both grievous bodily harm and affray at Hull Crown Court on Friday.

Bowyer's team-mate Jonathan Woodgate was cleared of GBH but found guilty of affray during an attack on Sarfraz Najeib in Leeds.


You can't quantify the impact of the damage that has been done to the club
Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale
FA chief executive Adam Crozier will have the final say as to whether Woodgate, who was given 100 hours' community service, will be cleared to play for the national side again.

"Following today's verdicts, the FA have decided that Lee Bowyer will be considered for selection with England," said FA head of communications Paul Newman.

"The FA are still studying the details of Jonathan Woodgate's case and will be talking to both Leeds United and the player in the next few days."

Bowyer has yet to play for England's senior side but has numerous caps at Under-21 level. Woodgate has made one senior appearance for the national side.


If either Woodgate or Bowyer had been found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent, they would not have played for this football club again
Peter Ridsdale

Meanwhile, Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale has confirmed that Bowyer and Woodgate will remain at Elland Road.

"In the light of events I will be making both players available for selection to David O'Leary," he said.

But the Elland Road chief insisted that had either player been found guilty of grievous bodily harm, they would not have played for the club again.

"I stand by our original position," he said.

"If either Woodgate or Bowyer had been found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent, they would not have played for this football club again."

Ridsdale added that Woodgate would be disciplined internally but said the club now wanted to put recent events behind them.


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