Rooney’s three-match ban a huge blow to England, says Alan Shearer
WAYNE Rooney's three-match ban that will see the striker miss all of England's Euro 2012 group games has been labelled "a huge blow" to the team by ex-striker Alan Shearer.
England boss Fabio Capello's worst fears were realised last night when UEFA handed Rooney the ban for his red card after kicking Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovoic last Friday.
The kick was judged "an assault" by UEFA's control and disciplinary panel, who stuck to the letter of the law in handing out the punishment despite a plea for leniency from the Football Association.
Shearer told BBC Radio Five: "It's a huge blow. It's not only a huge blow to the team, to the fans and to football followers but to Wayne himself because he realises he's made a stupid error.
"I still think whoever replaces him in the team, England still should have enough to get through the three games without him."