Who can fill in for Wayne Rooney at Euro 2012

14 October 2011 10:28
England striker Wayne Rooney was on Thursday banned for three matches by UEFA for his red card against Montenegro, a decision which will rule him out of the group stages of Euro 2012.

Boss Fabio Capello said Rooney, who has 73 caps, had been guilty of a "silly" mistake, and had already revealed that he plans to use next month's friendly against world champions Spain at Wembley as an opportunity to plan for the player's absence.

"Yes," replied Capello, when asked if he was prepared to leave Rooney out of his team.

"In my life as a manager I have put on the bench a lot of players. I always decided who was the best player at that moment."

The Italian added earlier this week: "I need to find the solution. And if we find that solution, he needs to work to return to the first 11.

"You know me. Sometimes I make mistakes but I try to select the best players, in the best moment of form."

Football.co.uk take a look at the men Capello could use to fill in for Rooney at Euro 2012.

Darren Bent - Aston Villa (Caps 11, Goals 4)

Has a credible scoring record for England, yet hasn't been a first choice under Capello.

Jermain Defoe - Tottenham Hotspur (Caps 46, Goals 15)

The Spurs man has found some early form this season and bagged a hat-trick in the opening Euro 2012 group game against Bulgaria. Will almost certainly be used against Spain on November 14th.

Daniel Sturridge - Chelsea (Caps - 0, Goals - 0)

The 22-year-old has bags of potential and is starting to show it at Stamford Bridge. As long as he continues to be used by Chelsea he will be in with a shout.

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool (Caps - 89, Goals - 19)

Gerrard could slot into the role playing just behind the main striker, however has suffered with injuries as of late. If he can stay fit, he is likely to start in that role.

Danny Welbeck - Manchester United (Caps - 2, Goals - 0)

Like Sturridge, Welbeck is making rapid progress, showing plenty of promise at Old Trafford. Currently United's third choice striker, he will give Capello options.

Ashley Young - Manchester United (Caps - 18, Goals - 4)

The winger's performances appear to have gone up a level since his summer move to Manchester United. An £18million summer purchase from Aston Villa, Young has enjoyed a blistering start to his Old Trafford career, scoring two excellent goals against Arsenal and was one of few standout performers for England during qualifying.

Source: DSG