UEFA has reduced Wayne Rooney’s ban at next year’s European championships from three to two games following an appeal hearing in Nyon Switzerland, Thursday.
The Manchester United striker was handed the punishment for kicking out at a Montenegro player during England’s final qualifier in October – a ban that originally ruled him out of the Euro2012 group stage.
Adrian Bevington, the managing director of Club England, said: “Wayne will be available for the final group game at the Euro against Ukraine. So in effect its a two match suspension with one carried over for a four year period for the national teams.”
Although Rooney will be eligible to play against the co-hosts in Donetsk on June 19, he will miss England’s opening two group D matches against France on June 11 and Sweden four days later.