Rooney likely to sit out England’s Euro 2012 Qualifier

Posted on by SoccerPunter

England manager Fabio Capello brushed off concerns about Wayne Rooney’s state of mind here Thursday after the star striker’s father was arrested in connection with an alleged betting scam.

Speaking on the eve of England’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, Capello said Rooney was “relaxed and calm” following news of the corruption scandal which has embroiled his father and another relative.

“I spoke to him just five minutes ago,” Capello told a press conference. “I found him relaxed and calm. There is no problem for the game, he will play tomorrow against Montenegro. He told me there are no problems.” Rooney’s father and eight other people, reportedly including the Manchester United star’s uncle Richie, were detained in a series of raids earlier Thursday by police and gambling authorities.

The investigation is believed to centre around an incident in a Scottish Premier League match last year in which Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, who was also arrested Thursday, was sent off.

England captain John Terry — who has also had members of his family placed under media scrutiny in the past — meanwhile backed Rooney to put the allegations out of his mind.

“Wayne is focused on the game tomorrow,” Terry said. “We all realise the importance of that. It’s important for him to go out there and play his football, which he loves doing. He’ll always be fully focused on the pitch.

“When you’re on the pitch and the training pitch you can switch off from anything in life. Tomorrow’s game is the most important thing, we all appreciate that.”

England need only a point against Montenegro on Friday to clinch first place in Group G and assure themselves of qualification for next year’s finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Capello stressed, however, that he expected his team to play for a win.

“It would be a big mistake if we were to play for a draw. We need to play to win. I think the players understand the need to play in the same style as always when we’ve played away from England.

“I’ve spoken a lot about this and think they understand what I said.”

Capello meanwhile reported all 24 members of England’s squad were fit and available, but declined to elaborate on his likely line-up.

However, the Italian refused to quash speculation that he may hand a start to Danny Welbeck, pairing the in-form Manchester United youngster with Rooney in attack.

“I need to sleep tonight and will decide tomorrow morning about the forward to play with Rooney and about Welbeck. I need to choose,” said Capello, whose other big decision is the make-up of his back four, where Manchester United’s Phil Jones could partner John Terry in central defence.

Capello must also decide who will slot in at right back, with Phil Jagielka or Tottenham youngster Kyle Walker in the frame to fill in for the injured Chris Smalling.

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Queen of the South vs Cove Rangers
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Shakhtar Donetsk vs Sheriff
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Real Madrid vs Inter
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Milan vs Liverpool
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Ajax vs Sporting CP
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Mansfield Town vs Carlisle United
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Wycombe Wanderers vs Burton Albion
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Fleetwood Town vs Bolton Wanderers
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Charlton Athletic vs Ipswich Town
7 minutes ago
Unknown carlos2016 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Cheltenham Town vs Cambridge United
7 minutes ago
News Headlines
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Top Draw Teams
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Membership
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips
 

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Arbitrage

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.

Livescore

Livescore

Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2020 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.