Everton manager claims Wayne Rooney suspension is a joke

After his red card against Montenegro during England’s final Euro 2012 qualifier, the general consensus was that Wayne Rooney would get a one-game ban or perhaps two at a push. However, the Manchester United man’s three-game suspensions raises a question mark over whether Fabio Capello will include the former Everton forward in his 23-man squad to go to Poland and…

After his red card against Montenegro during England’s final Euro 2012 qualifier, the general consensus was that Wayne Rooney would get a one-game ban or perhaps two at a push.

However, the Manchester United man’s three-game suspensions raises a question mark over whether Fabio Capello will include the former Everton forward in his 23-man squad to go to Poland and the Ukraine, with the Three Lions potentially on a plane home after their group matches.

David Moyes has hit out at the suspension which was increased from one game to three by UEFA, claiming that Rooney has been singled out by the governing body.

“I think the three-game ban is a joke,” Moyes said.

“But nevertheless, I don’t think you need to make a decision just now.

“We are talking about it, but nobody is going to make a decision about it – there is still about six months until the summer time.

“I’m sure the manager (Capello) won’t make a decision until then. You can decide then on a lot of things – the form of other players, the group, your chances of getting through, Wayne’s form”.

There will be several England forwards unhappy if Rooney does get the nod considering that the 24-year-old will be ineligible until the quarter final stage of the competition.

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