Terry makes Rooney appeal
England skipper John Terry has pleaded for Wayne Rooney not to be made public enemy number one over his sending-off in Montenegro. Terry insists England would not be where they are without Rooney's contribution after qualifying for the Euro 2012 finals was secured with the 2-2 draw in Podgorica. The Manchester United striker will miss the start of the finals in Poland and Ukraine, though, after his red card for a challenge on Miodrag Dzudovic with 17 minutes remaining. It was his second dismissal in an England shirt following his sending-off against Portugal during the 2006 World Cup. When asked about Rooney's sending off, Terry said: "Listen, it was one of those things. We probably wouldn't be in the position we are without Wayne anyway. "So it was one of those things and thankfully it did not cost us (in terms of qualification). "Unfortunately he misses one or two games when we get there, but without Wayne we wouldn't be where we are. "Hopefully no-one jumps on him. He has been in great form and thankfully we got the right result. "Were Montenegro trying to wind him up? There were little bits throughout the park but I don't think that had anything to do with it. It was a bit of a collision." Having booked their place at next summer's tournament, Terry is optimistic his men will be better prepared than they were for the World Cup last year. He said: "Clearly we all made mistakes when we were there in South Africa. "That doesn't give us the God-given right, because we can correct things off the pitch, to go there and win it. "We still have to go there and put in the hard work but hopefully we do learn from where we went wrong in the World Cup. "But we are there and we've got a few games until that time anyway." Terry also believes England's current crop of young players can challenge for places in the starting line-up next summer. Manchester United's Phil Jones made his debut yesterday, and Terry was impressed. He said: "I can see some of the lads pushing for places at the finals. "It gives everyone encouragement, not only the ones in this squad of Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck but the ones just below them, the likes of Daniel Sturridge and people like that. "They believe they can make a real push for this European Championship squad as well. "It is not only the ones in there now, it is the generation behind them who can make an impact." Terry added: "I thought Phil Jones did really well. He looks established and as if he has been there in the side for many years. "He has looked like that playing for Manchester United so I wasn't really surprised. "But to come onto this stage, and on a difficult pitch as well, and in difficult surroundings, I felt he dealt with it extremely well."
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