England may have qualified for the Euro 2012 finals, but it was a game of mixed emotions as all the headlines will be focussed on Wayne Rooney’s sending off.
What has been an uncomfortable few days following the arrest of his father, the 25-year-old talisman took 73 minutes to really express his emotions. After being questioned about Rooney’s state of mind, Capello responded “calm” and “relaxed”. Think again Mr Capello.
UEFA have told the FA that Rooney will receive a minimum of a 1 match ban, therefore missing the opening game of the Euro 2012 group stage. Not the best preparation to start a tournament when your best player is banned and could possibly miss all three games of the group stage depending on what UEFA decide. England always have to do things the hard way, don’t they?
Rooney will be again questioned about his temperament, as we all thought he was past his reckless behaviour. Up to now he had been playing with a smile on his face and looking like a player who was really enjoying his football. Yet we find the red mist once again appearing on his face when things turn sour. Like they say what goes up, must come down.
So with Rooney’s dismissal capping what has been a terrible and unforgettable few days for the Rooney household, this will not have helped their situation by any means? Once again the Rooney name will be hitting the headlines for the worse.
The game had started very brightly for England with the team oozing in confidence. It took 10 minutes for Ashley Young to score the opener, with Bent adding the second. Montenegro were able to bring one back before the break and in the dying seconds of the match Andrija Delibasic headed home the equaliser. Ultimately a point was still good enough to take England through, but will that make the back pages of the newspapers tomorrow? I wouldn’t bet on it.