Rooney’s D-Day arrives on Thursday

England striker Wayne Rooney looks set to find out the extent of his international suspension on Thursday, as Uefa officials meet to discuss the forward’s sending off against Montenegro.

The Manchester United man was dismissed in Podgorica on Friday night for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic, putting a black mark on a 2-2 draw that ensured an unbeaten qualification campaign and inclusion at Euro 2012.

With no competitive games between now and the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, Rooney is set to miss at least one game at the competition, with there being a chance that it could be increased to up to three matches.

Despite the petulance, Three Lions’ coach Fabio Capello still has faith in his temperamental striker.

“Absolutely yes,” the Italian stated in a press conference when asked if he still trusted Rooney.

“Why not? He is a really good player. A really important player. When he is at the top he makes the difference.

“For a long time he has been the best player of the national team and I am sure he will be really important at the Euros because he is very proud,” he confirmed.

Capello has also revealed that Rooney will not start for England in the pre-tournament friendly fixtures against Spain or Netherlands, as he explores other options in attack.

Gareth McKnight

 


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