Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Premier League club Manchester United F.C. and the England national football team.
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Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Premier League club Manchester United F.C. and the England national football team.
Rooney made Wayne Rooney senior international debut in 2003 becoming the youngest player to represent England (a record later broken by Theo Walcott). Wayne Rooney is England's youngest ever goalscorer. Wayne Rooney played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the competition's youngest goalscorer. Rooney featured at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cups and is widely regarded as Wayne Rooney country's best player. Wayne Rooney has won the England Player of the Year award twice, in 2008 and 2009. As of September 2011, Wayne Rooney has won 73 international cap (sport) and scored 28 goals.
Aged nine, Rooney joined the youth team of Everton F.C., for whom Wayne Rooney made Wayne Rooney professional debut in 2002. Wayne Rooney spent two seasons at the Merseyside club, before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window. The same year, Rooney acquired the nickname "Wazza". Since then, with Rooney in the team, United have won the Premier League four times, the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and two Football League Cup. Wayne Rooney also holds two runner-up medals from both the Premier League and the Champions League. In August of the 2011–12 season Rooney scored Wayne Rooney 150th goal, becoming United's highest goalscorer since the inception of the Premier League.
In 2009–10, Rooney was awarded the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year. Rooney has won the Premier League 'Goal of the Season' award by the BBC's Match of the Day poll on three occasions. Wayne Rooney was named in the FIFPro World_XI for 2011. Rooney is the third highest-paid footballer in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with an annual income of €20.7m (£18m) including sponsorship deals.
Early lifeRooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool to Thomas Wayne and Jeanette Marie (née Morrey) Rooney. Wayne Rooney is of Irish people descent and was brought up as a Catholic Church. with younger brothers Graeme and John Rooney (footballer); all three attended Our Lady and St Swithin's primary school and the De La Salle Humanities College. Wayne Rooney grew up supporting Wayne Rooney local club Everton F.C..
Youth squadsRooney began playing for Liverpool Schoolboys and until May 2010 Wayne Rooney held the record of 72 goals scored in one season. At age nine, Rooney played for Copplehouse boys' club in the local Walton and Kirkdale junior league and scored 99 goals in Wayne Rooney final season before being spotted by Everton F.C. scout Bob Pendleton. Rooney joined Everton at age nine, and was the Everton mascot for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool F.C. as an 11-year-old. In the 1995–96 season Wayne Rooney scored 114 goals in 29 games for Everton F.C. Reserves and Academy, and by 15 years old Wayne Rooney was playing for the under-19s. Wayne Rooney scored eight goals in eight games during Everton's run to the FA Youth Cup FA Youth Cup Finals in 2002. This included one goal in the final defeat against Aston Villa F.C. Reserves and Academy and upon scoring Wayne Rooney revealed a T-shirt that read, "Once a Blue, always a Blue."}}
Rooney was an unused substitute in Everton's 1–0 away win over Southampton F.C. in April 2002. Wayne Rooney senior debut came the following season on 17 August in a 2–2 home draw against Tottenham Hotspur F.C., at this time Wayne Rooney became the second youngest first-team player in Everton history behind Joe Royle. Wayne Rooney first senior goals came on 2 October as Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 3–0 away win over Wrexham F.C. in the Football League Cup. These goals meant that Rooney was Everton's youngest-ever goalscorer at the time. On 19 October, five days before Wayne Rooney 17th birthday, Rooney scored a last-minute winning goal against Arsenal F.C.. This goal ended Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run, and also made Rooney the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history, a record that has since been surpassed twice by both James Milner (footballer) and James Vaughan (footballer born 1988). Wayne Rooney scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win over Leeds United A.F.C. fifteen days later.
In December, Rooney was named 2002's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. Six days on from claiming this award Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal against Blackburn Rovers F.C. in a 2–1 home win. Wayne Rooney first career red-card came on boxing day in a 1-1 away draw against Birmingham City F.C. for a late challenge on Steve Vickers (footballer). In January 2003, Rooney signed Wayne Rooney first professional contract which made Wayne Rooney one of world football's highest-paid teenagers. Rooney's first goal in 2003 came on 23 March, netting Everton's only goal in a 2–1 loss at Arsenal. In April, Wayne Rooney scored a goal in Everton's 2–1 home win over Newcastle United F.C., before hitting a last-minute winner against Aston Villa F.C. in another 2–1 home win. Wayne Rooney ended Wayne Rooney debut season with 8 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees.
Rooney scored Wayne Rooney first goal of the 2003-04 FA Premier League in a 2–2 away draw against Charlton Athletic F.C. on 26 August 2003. Wayne Rooney did not find the net again until December when Wayne Rooney scored in a 2–1 away win over Portsmouth F.C., and a 3–2 home win over Leicester City F.C.. Wayne Rooney final goal of 2003 came on Wayne Rooney 50th league appearance, netting the only goal in a 1–0 home win over Birmingham on 28 December. On 21 February 2004, Rooney netted Wayne Rooney first Premier League brace in a 3–3 away draw against Southampton. Wayne Rooney scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Portsmouth on 13 March, before scoring in a 1–1 away draw against Leicester City one week later. Wayne Rooney scored Wayne Rooney final goal of the season in a 1–1 away draw against Leeds United on 13 April.
2004–05 seasonRooney's agent snubbed a three-year, £12,000-a-week contract offer from Everton in August 2004, leaving Manchester United and Newcastle United F.C. to compete for Wayne Rooney signature. Everton rejected a bid of £20 million from Newcastle, and Manchester United ultimately won the bidding war with Rooney signing for them at the end of the month after a £25.6 million deal with Everton was reached. It was the highest fee ever paid for a player under 20 years old; Rooney was still only 18 when Wayne Rooney left Everton.
Rooney was given the number 8 shirt upon Wayne Rooney arrival at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney made Wayne Rooney United debut on 28 September in a 6–2 home win over Fenerbahçe S.K. (football team) in the UEFA Champions League, scoring a hat-trick and laying on an assist. These goals made Rooney the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League aged 18 years 335 days. However, Wayne Rooney first season with Manchester United ended without winning a trophy as they could only manage a third place finish in the league, and failed to progress to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League. United had more success in the cup competitions, but were edged out of the Football League Cup in the semi finals by a Chelsea F.C. side who also won the Premier League title that season, and a goalless draw with Arsenal F.C. in the 2005 FA Cup Final was followed by a penalty shoot-out defeat. However, Rooney was United's top league scorer that season with 11 goals, and was credited with the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
2005–07In September 2005, Rooney was Misconduct (association football) Red card in a Champions League clash with Villarreal CF of Spain (which ended in a goalless draw) for sarcastically clapping the referee who had booked Wayne Rooney for an unintentional foul on an opponent. Wayne Rooney first trophy with United came in the 2005-06 Football League Cup, and Wayne Rooney was also named man of the match after scoring twice in United's 4–0 win over Wigan Athletic F.C. in Football League Cup Final 2006. In the Premier League, however, an erratic start to the season left title glory looking unlikely for United and their title hopes were ended in late April when they lost 3–0 away to champions Chelsea F.C. and had to settle for second place. Rooney sustained a broken metatarsal in that game after a tackle made by Paulo Ferreira. Rooney's goalscoring further improved in the 2005-06 in English football, as Wayne Rooney managed 16 goals in 36 Premier League games.
Rooney was sent off in an Amsterdam Tournament match against F.C. Porto on 4 August 2006 after hitting Porto defender Pepe (footballer born 1983) with an elbow. Wayne Rooney was punished with a three-match ban by The Football Association, following their receipt of a 23-page report from referee Ruud Bossen that explained Wayne Rooney decision. Rooney wrote a letter of protest to the FA, citing the lack of punishment handed down to other players who were sent off in friendlies. Wayne Rooney also threatened to withdraw the FA's permission to use Wayne Rooney image rights if they did not revoke the ban, but the FA had no power to make such a decision.
During the first half of the 2006–07 season, Rooney ended a ten-game scoreless streak with a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers F.C., and Wayne Rooney signed a two-year contract extension the next month that tied Wayne Rooney to United until 2012. By the end of April, a combination of two goals in an 8–3 aggregate quarter-final win over A.S. Roma and two more in a 3–2 semi-final first leg victory over A.C. Milan. By the end of that season, Wayne Rooney had scored 14 league goals. Rooney collected Wayne Rooney first Premier League title winner's medal at the end of the 2006-07 FA Premier League.
2007–09In June 2007, Rooney was handed number 10, last worn by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Wayne Rooney fractured Wayne Rooney left metatarsal in United's opening-day goalless draw against Reading F.C. on 12 August, the same injury Wayne Rooney had suffered to Wayne Rooney right foot in 2004. After being sidelined for six weeks, Wayne Rooney returned for United's 1–0 Champions League group stage win over Roma on 2 October, scoring the match's only goal. However, barely a month into Wayne Rooney return, Rooney injured Wayne Rooney ankle during a training session on 9 November, and missed an additional two weeks. Wayne Rooney first match back was against Fulham F.C. on 3 December, in which Wayne Rooney played 70 minutes. Rooney missed a total of ten games and finished the 2007–08 season with 18 goals (12 of them in the league), and the Champions League, in which they defeated league rivals Chelsea F.C. in the competition's first-ever 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.
On 4 October 2008 in an away win over Blackburn Rovers F.C., Rooney became the youngest player in league history to make 200 appearances. On 14 January after scoring the only goal of the game 54 seconds into the 1–0 win over Wigan Athletic, Rooney limped off with a hamstring ailment in the eighth minute. Wayne Rooney replacement, Carlos Tévez, was injured himself shortly after entering the game, but stayed on. Rooney was out for three weeks, missing one match apiece in the Football League Cup and FA Cup, along with four Premier League matches. On 25 April 2009, Rooney scored Wayne Rooney final league goals of the season against Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. United scored five goals in the second half to come from 2–0 down to win 5–2. Rooney grabbed two goals, set up two and provided the assist that led to the penalty for United's first goal. Rooney ended the season with 20 goals in all competitions. Once again, Wayne Rooney managed 12 goals in the league. Wayne Rooney then scored the only goal of the opening game of the 2009–10 Premier League against Birmingham City F.C., taking Wayne Rooney overall United tally to 99. Wayne Rooney failed to score in the next game, a historic 1–0 defeat to the hands of newly promoted Burnley F.C. at Turf Moor. On 22 August, Wayne Rooney became the 20th Manchester United player to have scored at least 100 goals for the club, when Wayne Rooney found the net twice in a 5–0 away win at Wigan Athletic.
On 29 August, United played Arsenal F.C. at Old Trafford. Rooney scored the equaliser from the penalty spot after Andrei Arshavin had put the Gunners ahead. The game finished 2–1 to Manchester United after Abou Diaby scored an own goal. Five days later Rooney commented on Wayne Rooney penalty against Arsenal F.C.: "Everyone who watches me play knows I am an honest player, I play the game as honestly as I can. If the referee gives a penalty there is nothing you can do." On 28 November 2009, Rooney scored Wayne Rooney first hat-trick for three years in a 4–1 away victory against Portsmouth F.C., with two of them being penalties. On 27 December 2009, Wayne Rooney was awarded Man of the Match against Hull City A.F.C.. Wayne Rooney was involved in all the goals scored in the game, hitting the opener and then giving away the ball for Hull's equalizing penalty. Wayne Rooney then forced Andy Dawson into conceding an own goal and then set up Dimitar Berbatov for United's third goal which gave them a 3–1 victory. On 30 December 2009, three days on from their victory over Hull, Wayne Rooney grabbed another goal in United's 5–0 thrashing of Wigan in their final game of the decade. On 23 January 2010, Rooney scored all four goals in Manchester United's 4–0 win over Hull City; three of the goals came in the last 10 minutes of the match. This was the first time in Wayne Rooney career that Wayne Rooney bagged four in one match. On 27 January 2010, Wayne Rooney continued Wayne Rooney scoring run by heading the winner in the second minute of stoppage time against Manchester derby Manchester City F.C.. This gave United a 4–3 aggregate win, taking them into the 2010 Football League Cup Final, it was Wayne Rooney first Football League Cup goal since netting two in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. On 31 January 2010, Rooney scored Wayne Rooney 100th Premier League goal in a 3–1 win over Arsenal for the first time in the league at the Emirates Stadium, notably Wayne Rooney first Premier League goal also came against Arsenal. On 16 February 2010, Rooney hit Wayne Rooney first UEFA Champions League goals of the season, scoring two headers in the 3–2 away win against Milan in Manchester United's first ever win against them at the San Siro (stadium). On 28 February 2010, Wayne Rooney scored another header against Aston Villa (his fifth consecutive headed goal in a row) which resulted in Manchester United winning the League Cup final 2–1. In the second leg of United's UEFA Champions League tie against Milan, Rooney scored a brace in a resounding 4–0 home victory, taking Wayne Rooney tally of goals this season to 30. Wayne Rooney then added two more to Wayne Rooney tally five days later at Old Trafford, in a 3–0 league win over Fulham F.C..
On 30 March 2010, during United's Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat against FC Bayern Munich at Munich's Allianz Arena, Rooney crumpled when Wayne Rooney twisted Wayne Rooney ankle in the last minute, hobbling off while Bayern were producing the build up that led to their second goal. There were fears that Wayne Rooney had received serious ligament damage or even a broken ankle, but it was announced that the injury was only slight ligament damage, and that Wayne Rooney would be out for 2 to 3 weeks, The team list for second leg yielded a massive surprise when Rooney was given a starting place in the United lineup. Despite a 3–0 lead by the 41st minute, Munich snatched a goal back and United were later forced down to 10 men after Rafael Pereira da Silva (footballer born 1990) was sent-off. Munich won the match after netting a second away goals rule
2010–11 seasonOn 28 August 2010, Rooney scored Wayne Rooney first goal of the season as Wayne Rooney netted a penalty in a 3–0 home win over West Ham United F.C.. In October, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson stated at a press conference that Rooney wanted to quit the club. This came after a period of dispute as to the extent of Rooney's ankle injury, where Rooney had refuted Ferguson's claim that the injury was the reason Rooney had been dropped to the bench. Rooney and Wayne Rooney representatives released a statement regarding Wayne Rooney decision to leave the club, insisting it is not down to money but ambition. Following this statement, Rooney made a dramatic U-turn and agreed a new five-year contract at Manchester United until June 2015.
Rooney made Wayne Rooney return to the first team as a substitute against Wigan on 20 November. Four days later Wayne Rooney returned to the starting line-up and scored a penalty in a 1–0 away win over Rangers F.C. in the Champions League. Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in a 1–0 home win over Arsenal on 13 December. Wayne Rooney first goal of the season from open play came on 1 January 2011 in a 2–1 away win over West Bromwich Albion F.C.. On 1 February, Rooney scored twice and assisted Nemanja Vidić's goal in a 3–1 home win over Aston Villa. On 12 February, Rooney scored an overhead volley in the 78th minute of the Manchester derby, which proved to be the winning goal in their 2–1 win over Manchester City. After the match, Rooney said it was the best goal of Wayne Rooney career, before Sir Alex Ferguson described the strike as the best goal Wayne Rooney has ever witnessed at Old Trafford. Two weeks later Wayne Rooney scored the third goal in a 4–0 away win over Wigan, before opening the scoring in a 2–1 away loss to Chelsea on 1 March. Rooney scored the second goal in a 2–0 home win over Arsenal in an FA Cup tie on 12 March.
On 2 April, United came from two goals down as Rooney scored Wayne Rooney first hat-trick of the season in a 4–2 away win over West Ham United. This was Wayne Rooney fifth hat-trick for Manchester United, whilst the second goal was Wayne Rooney 100th in the Premier League for the club. Wayne Rooney is the third Manchester United player to score 100 Premier League goals, joining Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. During Rooney's celebrations following Wayne Rooney third goal, Wayne Rooney swore into a pitchside camera and was subsequently charged by the The Football Association for using offensive language. Rooney accepted the charge, but not the automatic two-match ban which was handed to him. Wayne Rooney appealed against the length of the suspension, calling it "excessive", but failed to overturn the two-match ban which ruled Wayne Rooney out of the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on 16 April. The following game on 6 April saw Rooney scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win against Chelsea in the Champions League 2010–11 UEFA Champions League knockout stage First leg 2. Wayne Rooney followed this goal up with another strike in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League knockout stage First leg 3 against German side FC Schalke 04 on 26 April, scoring the second of a 2–0 away win. This was the first time Rooney had returned to the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen since Wayne Rooney sending off during the 2006 FIFA World Cup against Portugal national football team.
On 14 May 2011, Rooney successfully converted a penalty for United to equalise and give them a 1–1 draw against Blackburn Rovers F.C. at Ewood Park in the penultimate game of the Premier League season - enough to secure a record 19th top division title for United, and giving Rooney Wayne Rooney fourth Premier League title winner's medal.
2011–12 seasonRooney started the season with a goal in the first league game at The Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion F.C.. Rooney played a cute one-two with Ashley Young before a sharp turn and finish from outside the box which found the bottom corner of the goal. Wayne Rooney also scored in the second game of the season, at home to Tottenham Hotspur, when Wayne Rooney headed in a Ryan Giggs cross late in the game. In late August, Rooney scored Wayne Rooney 150th goal for United, the first of a hat-trick, helping to demolish Arsenal F.C 8–2. These goals brought Wayne Rooney level with Sir Bobby Charlton on seven United hat-tricks, joint fourth on the all-time list behind Denis Law, Jack Rowley and Dennis Viollet. Rooney scored in United's next game, a 3-1 home win over Chelsea FC but did miss a penalty in the second half when Wayne Rooney slipped on Wayne Rooney run up and skied the ball over. After revelations about Wayne Rooney father in the media and the fallout from Wayne Rooney red card against Montenegro national football team on international duty, Wayne Rooney was left out of the starting line-up against Liverpool on 15 October 2011. Wayne Rooney returned to action on 18 October 2011, where Wayne Rooney scored two goals in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage-match against FC Oțelul Galați and surpassed Wayne Rooney former teammate Paul Scholes as the most-scoring Englishman in UEFA Champions League.
On 10 December, Rooney ended an 8 game goal drought with a brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 4-1 win at Old Trafford. For the first goal Wayne Rooney cut inside from the left and drilled in a low shot through the crowd of defenders. Wayne Rooney second goal was assisted by Antonio Valencia who crossed the ball from the right wing and Rooney met it on the half volley to find the bottom right hand corner of the net. On 18 December, Rooney continued Wayne Rooney goal scoring form heading home the opening goal against Queens Park Rangers F.C., making it Manchester United's quickest goal of the season so far after just 52 seconds at Loftus Road. Wayne Rooney was assisted by Antonio Valencia's cross. On 21 December, Rooney scored Wayne Rooney 130th Premier League goal in Wayne Rooney 300th Premier League appearance against Fulham F.C. at Craven Cottage with a long range effort that crashed in off the inside of the post in a 5-0 win. On 8 January, Rooney scored two goals in the FA Cup third round 3-2 away win against Manchester City F.C. at City of Manchester Stadium. Wayne Rooney first goal was assisted by Antonio Valencia who swung the ball towards the far post, where Rooney bulldozed between Nani and Micah Richards powering a header against the underside of the crossbar and into the net. Danny Welbeck was involved in Rooney's second goal. Wayne Rooney was needlessly scythed down by Aleksandar Kolarov inside the penalty area, prompting the clear penalty award. City's goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon saved the initial Rooney spot kick, but the United striker calmly nodded the rebound into the unguarded goal. With Wayne Rooney two goals, Rooney went past Mark Hughes in Manchester United List of Manchester United F.C. records and statistics heading up to seventh place overall with 164 goals. On 14 January, Rooney made a big contribution to Wayne Rooney team in a 3-0 home win against Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Although Wayne Rooney had missed a penalty and almost found the net on a few occasions, Wayne Rooney did create two goals by assisting Paul Scholes for the first goal and later in the second half Danny Welbeck for the second goal. On 5 February, Rooney scored two goals from the penalty spot as United came back from a 3-0 deficit to draw 3-3 in a Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
On 11 February 2012, Rooney marked Wayne Rooney 500th senior career game by scoring two goals as United beat rivals Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. This was also Wayne Rooney 350th game for United in all competitions. On 4 March Rooney scored the first goal in a 3–1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and went past Joe Spence (footballer born 1898) in Manchester United List of Manchester United F.C. records and statistics heading up to sixth place overall with 169 goals.
International careerRooney became the youngest player to play for England national football team when Wayne Rooney earned Wayne Rooney first cap in a friendly against Australia national football (soccer) team on 12 February 2003 at seventeen, the same age at which Wayne Rooney also became the youngest player to score an England goal. Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott broke Rooney's appearance record by 36 days in May 2006.
Wayne Rooney first tournament action was at UEFA Euro 2004, in which Wayne Rooney became the youngest scorer in competition history on 17 June 2004, when Wayne Rooney scored twice against Switzerland national football team; however, this record was topped by Swiss midfielder Johan Vonlanthen four days later. Rooney suffered an injury in the quarter-final match against Portugal national football team and England were eliminated on penalties.
Following a foot injury in an April 2006 Premier League match, Rooney faced a race to fitness for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. England attempted to hasten Wayne Rooney recovery with the use of an oxygen tent, which allowed Rooney to enter a group match against Trinidad and Tobago national football team and start the next match against Sweden national football team. However, Wayne Rooney never got back into game shape and went scoreless as England bowed out in the quarter-finals, again on penalty kicks.
Rooney was red-carded in the 62nd minute of the quarter-final for stamping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho as both attempted to gain possession of the ball, an incident that occurred right in front of referee Horacio Elizondo. Rooney's Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo openly protested Wayne Rooney actions, and was in turn shoved by Rooney. Elizondo confirmed the next day that Rooney was dismissed solely for the infraction on Carvalho. Rooney was fined Swiss franc5,000 for the incident.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, after England drew with Algeria national football team, the England players were booed off the pitch by supporters. Rooney made a comment as Wayne Rooney left the pitch to television cameras saying, "Nice to see your home fans boo you, that's loyal supporters". Wayne Rooney later apologised for the comment made during a lacklustre tournament for England who were eliminated in the second round.
UEFA Euro 2012The UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying went well for England national football team as they qualified in first place in their group, as they won five and draw three games out of eight. Rooney scored three goals. One against Switzerland national football team a two against Bulgaria national football team. Nevertheless, the qualifications will be remembered for something else, Rooney's 74th minute tackle on Miodrag Džudović in a last group stage game against Montenegro national football team (2-2) which saw Wayne Rooney getting off the pitch with a direct red card. In first, it was known that Rooney would miss at least one mach in the opening round of the first phase at the UEFA Euro 2012. After the game with Montenegro, England's striker Wayne Rooney sent a personal letter to UEFA in which Wayne Rooney apologised and regretted for the tackle on Džudović which earned Wayne Rooney a red card in the qualifying match against Montenegro in Podgorica. Nevertheless The European Football Federation (UEFA) punished the English striker with three games. It ment that Rooney wouldn't play in first three rounds of the first phase at the 2012 European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. After UEFA's announcement, Montenegro's defender Miodrag Džudović said that the sentence for Rooney's start is too severe and that Wayne Rooney would stand in Manchester United strikers defense if needed. Wayne Rooney later asked the UEFA to pardon Wayne Rooney, who hit Wayne Rooney in the qualification match. Also England's Football Association The Football Association invested a complaint to UEFA. On 8 December 2011, after The Football Association, UEFA reduced the sentence. This meant that the Manchester United's attacker would miss two matches at the forthcoming European Championships, one against France national football team and the other against Sweden national football team. Wayne Rooney will be able to play in the final match of the group stage against Ukraine national football team on 19 June 2012.