Wayne Rooney's sending off against Montenegro was harsh. The three-match ban enforced by UEFA defies belief.
England may gamble on utilising Rooney's skills should they succeed in getting beyond the group stage. But if Fabio Capello goes this way, he will be a striker short for those early games.
In all honesty, this is too much of a gamble.
The Manchester United star's absence does not end the Three Lions' chance of glory, as nobody seriously believes England will win next year's European Championships anyway.
Here are 10 reasons his absence will be a blessing in disguise.