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Euro 2012: Banned Wayne Rooney assured by Fabio Capello of place in England squad

ENGLAND manager Fabio Capello has told Wayne Rooney privately that he will take him to Euro 2012 even if the striker’s ban stays at three games.

Capello hopes Uefa shows leniency at Thursday’s appeal hearing, reducing Rooney’s ban partly because it wants the best players at its marquee event.

England's manager confirmed Rooney would travel to Poland and Ukraine. “Yes,’’ said Capello. “But I hope he will be OK for the third game [against Ukraine].’’

Asked whether he would still take Rooney, Capello appeared to confuse the issue by adding: “No. I need to wait for Uefa’s decision.’’

The FA will submit written testimony from Miodrag Dzudovic, the Montenegrin kicked by Rooney. “I believe the evidence provided by the Montenegrin player, who was quite supportive of Wayne after the game, will also be part of our case,’’ said Adrian Bevington, the managing director of Club England, on Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“We have spoken at length with our own internal lawyers on this, and also we have been working with an external legal firm as well, who have a great deal of expertise in sports law. We go there, obviously, with the hope of at least getting some reduction in the suspension so Wayne can play a more fulsome part in the tournament, if possible.”