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Lee Bowyer: 'My life has changed – I don't need to justify myself to anybody'

Lee Bowyer (L) of Newcastle United vies for the ball with Paolo Di Canio (R) of AC Milan Glorie during Steve Harper's testimonial match between Newcastle United and AC Milan Glorie at St...

It becomes easier to understand what drove Lee Bowyer back into football when he describes his frustration at the outlook held by the school his eight-year-old twins, Charlie and Amelie, first attended. “It was all about taking part,” he says. “And I’m like: ‘That’s not life’. You should want to win, want to be the best at whatever you set out to do. You have to have that balance where you know that winning is good.”

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Lee Bowyer (L) of Newcastle United vies for the ball with Paolo Di Canio (R) of AC Milan Glorie during Steve Harper's testimonial match between Newcastle United and AC Milan Glorie at St...

Lee Bowyer: 'My life has changed – I don't need to justify myself to anybody'

It becomes easier to understand what drove Lee Bowyer back into football when he describes his frustration at the outlook held by the school his eight-year-old twins, Charlie and Amelie, first attended. “It was all about taking part,” he says. “And I’m like: ‘That’s not life’. You should want to win, want to be the best at whatever you set out to do. You have to have that balance where you know that winning is good.”