London: England striker Wayne Rooney simply lost the plot during the game against Montenegro and was given a red card for kicking an opponent, which can further earn him a Euro 2012 ban.
Coach Fabio Capello’s move to select the 25-year-old backfired as Rooney was sent off 17 minutes from the end of a 2-2 draw.
Capello said: “Beforehand he was calm. On the pitch, he made this mistake and was sent off. Nothing more. I can’t enter into the head of Wayne Rooney when he plays. I can speak before, I can substitute him, I can find different solutions. “
“But the reaction of the players, you cannot understand during the game, why things happen. Not just Rooney. The incident happened right in front of me and I saw Rooney kick their player so I think the red card was OK.”
“I hope he will learn a lesson from this. He was frustrated to lose the ball but his red card was just because of what happened on the pitch — it had nothing to do with any personal matters,” a leading daily quoted Capello, as saying.
Doubts are being raised that the arrest of his father Wayne Sr. on Thursday over an alleged betting scam played a part in Rooney’s red card.
Former England star Jamie Redknapp slammed Rooney for his moment of madness, which means he is likely to be banned for England’s first two group games next summer.
“What was Rooney thinking of? We should be celebrating England qualifying for Euro 2012 but instead it`s all been overshadowed by his red card. We were 2-1 up at the time and there was just no need for it. Why on earth would you get involved in something like that?” Redknapp said.