Rooney ban reduced

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Wayne Rooney will be available for England's final group match of the European Championships against Ukraine after seeing his three-match ban reduced following a hearing in Nyon.

The Manchester United striker was originally banned for three matches following his dismissal during England's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in October, when he kicked out at defender Miodrag Dzudovic.

The ban would have seen Rooney miss England's entire group stage campaign of next summer's finals, throwing into doubt whether manager Fabio Capello would select him in his 23-man squad.

However, a reduction of the ban, following a hearing in Nyon, should all but assure his selection, albeit only for the final four games of the tournament.

Rooney will still be unavailable for selection for England's opening two games, against France and Sweden, but is allowed to now feature in their potentially decisive final group match, against Ukraine in Donetsk on June 19th.

In exchange for the third match being suspended, which will only be reactivated if Rooney is sent off for violent conduct in a European Championship match, he will complete some football in the community work for UEFA.

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