Rooney sent off as Three Lions qualify

Dismissed: Wayne Rooney, right, is shown his marching orders at Montenegro.            Picture: PA WIRE

Dismissed: Wayne Rooney, right, is shown his marching orders at Montenegro. Picture: PA WIRE

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ENGLAND captain John Terry was glad that Wayne Rooney’s red card in Montenegro did not prove costly as Fabio Capello’s men secured their place at the Euro 2012 finals with a 2-2 draw last night.

The Manchester United striker was sent off after lashing out at Miodrag Dzudovic with England leading 2-1. Andrija Delibasic grabbed a late leveller for the hosts, guaranteeing Montenegro a play-off spot and giving England the point they needed to creep over the line.

Ashley Young and Darren Bent’s goals put England in command in the first half but Elsad Zverotic’s goal on the stroke of half-time saw the tide begin to turn, and now England face being without star striker Rooney for at least the first group game in Poland and Ukraine.

Asked if Rooney had given the team any explanation for why he lashed out, Terry said: “No, we’ve just got in.

“He had a little bit of a tussle and it’s one of those things. Fortunately we’re through and it didn’t cost us so we’re happy that we’re through and that goes for everyone.

“Tonight was always going to be tough, Switzerland away was going to be tough, so all over the campaign we can be pleased with how we’ve come on since the World Cup.

“It’s a great thing to get where we’ve got, we’re top and we’ve worked hard all the way through.”

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