Wayne Rooney will find out on Thursday how many matches he will miss this summer at Euro 2012 following his sending off last Friday.

Fabio Capello has incredibly claimed that England will try different striking options in their friendly against Spain and if the new players do well, Rooney will lose his place in the starting XI.

“I need to find the solution for the first game, or two games, that Rooney will not play,” said Capello. “And if we find that solution, he needs to work to return to the first 11. You know me. Sometimes I make mistakes but I try to select the best players, in the best moment of form.”

When asked if he was really prepared to leave Rooney out even if available for selection, Capello replied: “Yes. In my life as a manager I have put on the bench a lot of players. I always decided who was the best player at that moment.”

Let’s be honest, Jermaine Defoe or Darren Bent could score a hattrick against Spain, there’s no way Rooney won’t be the first name on the team sheet for every possible game next summer. Who are you trying to kid, Fabio?




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