Poll: Should England Take Wayne Rooney to Euro 2012?

Will Tidey@willtideySenior Manager, GlobalOctober 14, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06:  Wayne Rooney of England is met by England manager Fabio Capello as he is substituted during the UEFA EURO 2012 group G qualifying match between England and Wales at Wembley Stadium  on September 6, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Wayne Rooney's moment of madness in Montenegro resulted in a three-match ban from UEFA yesterday—meaning England will be without their best player for the group stages of Euro 2012 next summer (pending appeal).

The ruling leaves England coach Fabio Capello with a tough decision to make. Does he take Rooney to Poland and Ukraine with an eye on the knockout stages? Or leave him at home and focus on building a team capable of winning the tournament without him?

Here's Sam Wallace of the Independent outlining one of the potential arguments for leaving him out.

Chief among Capello's concerns will be that, if Manchester United do not make it to the Champions League or FA Cup final, then Rooney could well go from his club's last Premier League game against Sunderland on 13 May, to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 which begin on 21 June, potentially without starting a game.

And here's former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp firmly in the camp for taking him.

You take him, of course you do. You can’t leave a player like Wayne Rooney at home, even if he is due to be banned for the group games. Squads of 23, including three goalkeepers, allow a coach room for one wild card...and Rooney is a wild card in every sense.

Capello has already said he'd won't start Rooney in next month's friendly against Spain on November 12th, a decision that will presumably also apply to the game now arranged against Sweden three days later. Speaking after Rooney's red card last Friday, the Italian's frustration was obvious.

Guys, I can't enter Wayne Rooney's head. I can speak before. I can substitute him. I can find different solutions. But, during a game, you cannot understand the reaction of the players or why things happen.

- Capello following England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro.

So where do you stand? Vote in the poll to have your say and we'll report the results early next week. If you're still on the fence, maybe some of these B/R articles can help you decide.

Wayne Rooney: How Can England Cope Without Him at Euro 2012?

Wayne Rooney: How Will Superstar's Euro Suspension Impact England's Hopes?

Wayne Rooney: England Star Deserves 3-Match Euro 2012 Ban

World Football: Wayne Rooney and the 10 Best Players Who Could Miss Euro 2012

Wayne Rooney: Why Fabio Capello Should Not Take Him to Euro 2012 with England

Wayne Rooney Cheated by Harsh UEFA Ruling

Wayne Rooney is the A-Rod of Soccer, Minus the Charm


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