Select a Team

Rooney 'devastated' at ban

Ferguson explains why striker was omitted against Reds

By James Pearson - Follow me: @SkySportsJamesP.   Last Updated: 15/10/11 1:04pm

  • Share:
Wayne Rooney: Red Devils striker left 'devastated' after being hit with a three-game ban

Wayne Rooney: Red Devils striker left 'devastated' after being hit with a three-game ban

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Wayne Rooney was 'devastated' after being hit with a three-game ban in competitive international fixtures.

The Manchester United striker was sent off in England's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro last week with Uefa subsequently dishing out a lengthy suspension.

That means the 25-year-old is set to miss the entire group stage of next summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine, raising question marks over whether he should even be included in Fabio Capello's squad.

The Football Association can appeal against Rooney's ban in an attempt to reduce the punishment and Ferguson accepts it has been a 'bad' week for the striker.

The Red Devils manager omitted the England international from his starting line-up against Liverpool on Saturday and admitted the one-time Everton youngster was left 'devastated'.


"Wayne has had a bad week. He's devastated with the suspension. I must say that."
Sir Alex Ferguson Quotes of the week

"Wayne has had a bad week," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "He's devastated with the suspension. I must say that.

"When you think about it he could quite feasibly miss the European Championships because it's never certain you'll qualify from a group.

"It's been a bad week for him really. I felt with these circumstances that he's better off starting from the bench.

"He can handle that (the crowd). He's such a determined, brave lad. That wouldn't be a bother for Wayne at all.

"I just felt that in terms of putting out a team that's at the most confident was the important thing and Wayne's had a bad blow this week with suspension."

  • Share:


Rooney ban

Olof Mellberg: Hoping England star Wayne Rooney loses his appeal over his three-match ban

Swede hopes Roo loses appeal

Sweden defender Olof Mellberg admits he hopes Wayne Rooney loses his appeal over a three-match Euro 2012 ban.

Wayne Rooney: England striker will have his appeal against a three-match ban heard by UEFA on Thursday

FA prepared for Rooney appeal

The Football Association is hoping UEFA will look favourably on its appeal to have England striker Wayne Rooney's three-match ban reduced.

Wayne Rooney: Hoping to see three-match ban reduced on appeal

Rooney hearing brought forward

Wayne Rooney's appeal against his three-match international ban has been brought forward 24 hours to 8th December.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Sturridge's injury record

Sturridge's injury record

As Daniel Sturridge faces another fitness scare, we examine the Liverpool star's injury record.

England player ratings

England player ratings

Terry Butcher delivers his verdict on England's players in the 2-0 friendly win over France.

Euro 2016: The lowdown

Euro 2016: The lowdown

Who qualified, what do the kits look like, where and when is the final? All you need to know here...