Former England midfielder and current football pundit Ray Wilkins has insisted that England must take forward Wayne Rooney to the European Championships 2012, even if he is banned for the group stage.
“I would take Wayne Rooney even if his ban was extended to four matches because of a frivolous appeal. It is hard to predict how long the ban will end up being, but I would take him regardless. Rooney is truly world class, and England cannot afford to not take him to Euro 2012. I would like to think that we can progress through from the group stages, and Rooney will be better for the freshness that he will have as a result of not playing in every game… Rooney is the one player that will be very much feared by other countries.”
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