Rooney ‘instantly regretted’ moment that led to Euro ban
Wayne Rooney immediately regretted the moment of madness that got him sent off during Montenegro draw
Wayne Rooney insists he has no one to blame but himself for the “stupid” red card that landed him a three-game Euro 2012 ban.
The 26-year-old striker is set to miss the group stages of next summer’s tournament as punishment for kicking out at Montenegro’s Miodrag Dzudovic during England’s 2-2 draw last month.
And speaking for the first time about the incident, Rooney admitted he was “devastated” at receiving the ban, but conceded it was his own fault.
“Obviously, it’s devastating for me but it’s something that’s my own fault, so I can’t really complain,” said Rooney.
“It was stupid by me – I regretted it as soon as I did it. It’s no excuse, but I still feel the punishment is a bit harsh. I’m disappointed with it.
“All the details we have been waiting on have come through, so we’ll be making a decision as to whether we will be appealing.
“Even if it’s reduced by one game, it will be a bonus for me.”
Rooney concedes he is at a loss to explain why he lost his cool and lashed out at the centre-half.
“I honestly don’t know why,” he continued. “It was just one of those moments which I live to regret now.
“There was no tackle beforehand, and I didn’t think, “˜I’m going to beat him.’ It just happened. I can’t explain it.”