If the obligatory ban that Wayne Rooney will receive, ruling him out of England's opening game at next summer's Euro 2012 finals isn't a bitter enough pill to swallow.
Then surely the condemnation of Three Lions boss Fabio Capello, who intimated the Manchester United striker has conceded the right to an automatic choice in his starting XI following Friday's actions is.
The Italian has revealed he will leave the 25-year-old out of the November friendly with Spain at Wembley, as he looks for a solution to fill the void left by his star man's red card in Montenegro.
"Rooney will not play against Spain," Capello told the Daily Mirror. "That is absolutely the case. I want to test new players, a new style and a new different movement, something different.
"Maybe it means he will be fresh for the Euros and sometimes he will come on at half-time. But not from the start, he will not start. We need to prepare the first 11 who will start in the Euros.
"I have got a lot of forwards at this moment, really good forwards."
As speculation intensifies as to which forward will be tasked with filling the void left by the absent Rooney, GMF polled over 17,000 online football fans to see who they think should be given the chance to make a starting berth in the England attack their own.
Manchester United understudy and England U21 product Danny Welbeck has been given the nod by 45% of fans who voted, while Daniel Sturridge is perhaps a surprise choice in 2nd spot with 29%.
Darren Bent and Andy Carroll came joint 3rd with 10% of the vote each, while Jermaine Defoe [4%] and Peter Crouch [2%] received only a small percentage of fans' votes.