The Manchester United striker has been forced to sit out England’s opening two matches of Euro 2012 following his red card moment of madness in qualifying against Montenegro last October.
That inexplicable sending off in Podgorica was the latest flashpoint of Rooney’s England career, which also saw him red-carded in the quarter-final defeat to Portugal at the 2006 World Cup. Rooney is confident however there will be no chance of the red mist descending once more as England prepare for a tense encounter against Ukraine in Donetsk where the tournament co-hosts will be fighting for their survival.
“What happened was a mistake; I understood that and apologised to the guy,” Rooney told reporters yesterday when asked about his dismissal against Montenegro. “I’ve paid the price and had to take it. But I’ve no doubts about my attitude and my temperament. I’m happy and I’m ready to play.”