Rooney handed three match ban

England have been rocked by the news that star striker Wayne Rooney will miss the entire Euro 2012 group stage, after being handed a three match ban.

The Manchester United forward was sent off for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic in his nation’s 2-2 draw with Montenegro last week, and has been anxiously waiting to find out the length of suspension that Uefa would give.

There was hope within Fabio Capello’s camp that the ban would only be for one match, but a statement has confirmed the extent of the suspension.

“The Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body has today handed down a three-match suspension to England forward Wayne Rooney following his dismissal during the Uefa Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro last Friday,” the Uefa statement reads.

“Today’s decision was taken in relation to the red card shown to Rooney for assault after 74 minutes of England’s final Group G game, the 2-2 draw with Montenegro in Podgorica.

“The striker will now be suspended from playing in his country’s next three Uefa national competition matches for which he would be eligible.

“An appeal may be lodged against the verdict of the Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision,” it concluded.

There has been no news on whether the English FA will appeal the sentencing.

Capello now faces a difficult decision on whether or not to include Rooney in his squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, with England legend George Cohen stating he feels the striker should not be selected.

“Fabio Capello has got to take another player in place of Wayne Rooney,” he told Mirror Football.

“You can’t have a player that he can’t use mooching around the tournament because that would be a total waste of time. We’ve got to learn from past lessons. You can’t take players who are unable to play – whether they’re carrying injuries or are suspended,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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