What "silly" Rooney did was indefensible admits Capello
Published 21:44 07/10/11 By John Cross
Wayne Rooney's red card ruined England’s march into the Euro 2012 finals.
Coach Fabio Capello said the Manchester United striker’s 74th-minute dismissal for lashing out in retaliation had been “a silly mistake”.
It completed a disastrous 24 hours as Rooney's father, also Wayne and uncle Richie, had been arrested on Thursday in an investigation into spot betting involving a red card in a Scottish premier League match last year.
Angry England boss Capello said: "It's a red card. You can't defend that. I'm not happy, absolutely. I spoke with him. He made a silly mistake and he said: 'Yes, sorry.' More than that, I can't do.
"It was not a mistake (to play Rooney). He made a silly mistake when he kicked the opponent. And he will now not be able to play the first game in the Euros as he will be suspended.
"He was not happy because he missed some control and some passes. For this reason, I think he reacted. His reaction was to kick the opponent.
"He's a really important player with a lot of experience, and he's played really important games. But he's made a silly mistake. I've seen players like him do that. You can't understand why."
Rooney's red card for retaliating at Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovic was the second of his international career and the home side went onto grab a dramatic late equaliser against ten man England.
It means Rooney - previously sent off in the World Cup quarter final against Portugal in 2006 - will be banned for at least one game in Euro 2012 and UEFA could even increase the suspension.
Capello added: "We will find a solution to play without him. We will try something in the next games, the friendlies that we play, to prepare for the future.
"I can't enter into the head of Wayne Rooney when he plays. I can speak before. I can substitute him. I can find different solutions. But the reaction of the players, you cannot understand during the game, why things happen. Not just Rooney."
Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic, whose side have now clinched a place in the play-offs, even claimed that he was surprised Capello played Rooney after the furore surrounding his family.
Brnovic said: "I read in the newspapers that Rooney has some family problems in England. To be honest, I didn't expect him to play because those things are serious and it's not easy to concentrate on the game. They're serious, and maybe that's why he did what he did."
England boss Capello, whose side scored through Ashley Young and Darren Bent, insisted he is confident that his side can learn and improve ahead of Euro 2012.
Capello added: "I'm really happy. I said that to the players after the game because our goal was to qualify. We are first in the table. This is the most important thing.
"The first half we played a good game, for 35 minutes. The last 10 minutes I said to the players that we didn't play so focused, like we had in the previous 35.
"And then they scored the goal and, after that, they found more force to go forward to try and draw the game."