Rooney hopeful of ban reduction
Wayne Rooney admits his three-game ban after being sent off for England last month is "devastating", and is still hopeful of having his suspension reduced.
Rooney lashed out at Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro, which at the moment will see the Manchester United star miss the entire group stage of Euro 2012. The FA will decide on Friday whether to appeal on the player's behalf after receiving a written statement on Tuesday from UEFA regarding the matter.
"I am disappointed with it," Rooney said. "I've got no excuse but I still feel the punishment is a bit harsh. All the details we have been waiting for came through so we will be making a decision as to whether we will be appealing.
"It was stupid. I regretted it as soon as I did it. I honestly don't know why I did it. It was one of those moments which I live to regret now. There was no tackle on me beforehand, so it wasn't retaliation.
"I didn't set out to 'beat' him; it just happened. I just can't explain it but, obviously, it's devastating for me."
Rooney has shown remorse since the incident and it is reported in the English press that the FA is expected to back the striker by launching an appeal. However, the governing body will only do so if there is no possibility of an extension of the ban should an appeal fail.
"Obviously that is my own fault so I can't really complain," explained Rooney. "It will be a bonus if it is cut by one game. And I thank the Montenegro player [Dzudovic] who has sent an email to [UEFA] saying that he felt the punishment was too harsh. He didn't have to do that."
It is also understood England manager Fabio Capello has assured Rooney of his place at Euro 2012, regardless of the length of his ban. The forward met with Capello on Wednesday at United's training ground to clear the air, though it is unlikely Rooney will be named in the squad to take on Spain and Sweden in upcoming international friendlies.
"I will understand if I am not in the squad because I'll be missing out on those first three games at the minute and he has to look at other players - it is as simple as that. I want to play but I understand if I don't," Rooney said.