Fabio Capello has revealed Wayne Rooney was stunned to discover he was suspended for England's next Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland.
Rooney was booked for a foul on Joe Ledley just before half-time in England's 2-0 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium. It was a costly caution because, as Rooney also collected a yellow card against Montenegro in October, the 25-year-old must now sit out an important game at Wembley on June 4.
"Rooney didn't realise," Capello said. "I just told him it was not a good booking. He said 'Why?' He didn't remember that he got booked (against Montenegro)."
It means Capello will have to make at least one change to his starting line-up for England's next competitive game, having regained the initiative in Group G thanks to early goals from Frank Lampard and Darren Bent.
The result ended a tortuous couple of weeks from the England coach, who has come under fire for the way he handled John Terry's reintroduction as captain in place of injured Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Not that Capello feels any sense of satisfaction.
"Why is it a vindication for me?" he said. "I don't have anything to vindicate. It is my job."
Capello must have felt fairly pleased with himself given Ashley Young and Scott Parker were both outstanding, even if Jack Wilshere's excellent display was more predictable.
"It was a normal performance from Wilshere," Capello added. "His performances this season have been incredible. He has improved an amazing amount in a short space of time. He played like someone of 29 with 40 caps. I hope there is more to come. Good players are always improving.
"Ashley Young is improving really well," said Capello. "This year he is a really good player. He played very well against Denmark last month, he played very well here and he is also doing well for Aston Villa.
"Scott Parker was also good in that position just in front of the defence. He won back a lot of possession for us. He was always in a good position just in front of the back four all the time."
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