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Fabio Capello defends Wayne Rooney selection

Capello defends Rooney selection
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Fabio Capello defends his selection of Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker was sent off in England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro.

Fabio Capello has stood by his selection of Wayne Rooney for England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro last night.

Rooney was sent off in the second half for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic, with England leading 2-1 at the time.

It was thought that the Manchester United forward might be omitted from the side after the arrest of his father and uncle over match-fixing allegations just a few days prior.

However, the Italian opted to start Rooney and believes that he made the right decision in doing so.

"It was not a mistake," he said. "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."

Rooney will now be suspended for England's first match at next summer's European Championships, and possibly more depending on a UEFA ruling.

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