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Sunday 23 April 2017

Rooney: I was stupid picking up red card

Wayne Rooney accepts he has nobody but himself to blame for his sending off against Montenegro. Photo: Getty Images
Wayne Rooney accepts he has nobody but himself to blame for his sending off against Montenegro. Photo: Getty Images

England striker Wayne Rooney is blaming no-one but himself for the suspension which has ruled him out of three matches at next summer's European Championships.

The FA have until 5pm today to formally appeal against the ban the Manchester United striker incurred for his dismissal in last month's qualifying match against Montenegro.



The victim of Rooney's challenge, defender Miodrag Dzudovic, has written to UEFA to lend his support to the striker.



However, Rooney insists there is no-one to blame but himself.



The 26-year-old told several national newspapers: "Obviously, it's devastating for me but it's something that's my own fault, so I can't really complain.



"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 added that he has no idea why he kicked out at Dzudovic, earning a straight red card in England's 2-2 draw in Podgorica last month.



He explained: "I honestly don't know why. 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."

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