Rooney D-day set

The English FA’s appeal against Wayne Rooney’s international ban will be heard on December 9th by Uefa, as the home nation try to reduce the number of games the striker will miss for his country.

The Manchester United attacker was sent off for violent conduct in The Three Lions’ last Euro 2012 qualifier, a 2-2 draw with Montenegro in Podgorica, and was handed a three-match suspension by the European governing body.

The decision means that Rooney is now ineligible for the entire group stages of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine next year, but Uefa are willing to listen to the FA’s case for reducing the sanctions.

“The Uefa Appeals Body will deal with the case of England striker Wayne Rooney on Friday 9 December at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon,” an official statement reads.

“This follows Uefa’s receipt on Friday 4 November of the official written appeal from the English Football Association against the three-match suspension given to Rooney by the Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body on 13 October.”

The outcome of the appeal may well have a swaying factor in Fabio Capello’s decision whether or not to include Rooney in his squad for the tournament, as playing the entire group stages without the striker would be a blow.

By Gareth McKnight