Yohan Cabaye won his 7th cap for France last night as France beat Albania 3-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier at the Stade de France, and England could only draw 2-2 at Montenegro, after Wayne Rooney was sent off with England leading 2-1.
Wayne Rooney – sent off at Montenegro
Cabaye started the game and played for the first 47 minutes for Les Bleus, before being replaced by Marvin Martin, who could become a Newcastle target next summer.
France are now top of their Group D with 20 points from their 9 games, and they are one point above Bosnia-Herzegovina with a slightly better goal difference too.
France were comfortably two goals up with goals from Florent Malouda and Loic Remy before Cabaye was replaced on 48 minutes. Anthony Reveillere scored France’s third goal in what was a comfortable win for the side.
Newcastle’s young goalkeeper Tim Krul was an unused substitute as Holland beat Moldova 1-0 in Group E, and surprisingly to us Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm was preferred to Tim in the Netherlands goal.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was Holland’s goal scorer on 40 minutes.
And we saw that England made hard work of it in the 2-2 draw at Montenegro, and Wayne Rooney managed to get himself sent off in the game and will now miss the first game of the finals next summer.
How many other countries will manage that before next summer? Not many.
England went into a two goal lead on 31 minutes due to goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent, and it was when the score was 2-1, that Rooney was sent off after 74 minutes, for the second time in an England shirt.
It was for a stupid kick at Miodrag Dzudovic in the second half that got the lad sent off, and of course Montenegro then scored a late equalizer in injury time.
And manager Fabio Capello was angry at Rooney and it’s a game England should have won:
“It’s a red card. You can’t defend that. I’m not happy, absolutely. I spoke with him. He made a silly mistake and he said: ‘Yes, sorry.’ More than that, I can’t do.”
“It was not a mistake to play Rooney. He made a silly mistake when he kicked the opponent. And he will now not be able to play the first game in the Euros as he will be suspended.”
“He was not happy because he missed some control and some passes. For this reason, I think he reacted. His reaction was to kick the opponent.”
“He’s a really important player with a lot of experience, and he’s played really important games. But he’s made a silly mistake. I’ve seen players like him do that. You can’t understand why.”
England fans like myself probably shouldn’t get their hopes up too high for next summer, because it seems that in the big games, it’s just too much for many of our top players.