Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Norwich

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 2 - 0 Man Utd

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 16:10

Barclays Prem

Dzudovic: No Rooney malice

Miodrag Dzudovic claims he did nothing to provoke Wayne Rooney when England last met Montenegro and believes the striker showed a 'moment of weakness'.

Last Updated: 25/03/13 at 11:03 Post Comment   

Wayne Rooney: Sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic when England last met

Wayne Rooney: Sent off for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic when England last met

Manchester United star Rooney was infamously sent off for kicking out at Dzudovic when their countries last met in Podgorica in qualifying for Euro 2012.

But the defender, who is likely to start in Tuesday's game due to a suspension for Savo Pavicevic, does not hold any malice ahead of a rematch with England.

Dzudovic said: "I did nothing to provoke him (Rooney). We didn't say a single word to each other during the match.

"This was his moment of weakness. He is human, it can happen to anyone."

Dzudovic wrote a letter to UEFA to help reduce Rooney's three-match ban for his red card to two games ahead of Euro 2012 but he has yet to receive any gratitude.

Dzudovic added: "It was an initiative by the editor of the Russian sports newspaper Sovetsky Sport, who is a big fan of Manchester United and Rooney.

"I told UEFA it wasn't an intentional foul, that he didn't want to injure me, that I wasn't hurt and I wasn't suffering any consequences.

"I really meant it and I am glad I helped him. He didn't call me but I am not disappointed. I didn't do it for the publicity."

This week's game is crucial for England's hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with Montenegro currently topping qualifying Group H by two points.

And while Dejan Damjanovic thinks England are the stronger team, the Montenegro forward believes the Three Lions will have tough time in Podgorica.

"England are favourites but we know how to play them," Damjanovic told Vijesti. "We are good enough to beat them. They have better players but we will have fans at our side."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Michel Platini: Clubs guilty of breaking FFP rules will not face European expulsion

Michel Platini does not foresee competition bans for the first clubs guilty of breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play.

Expert: Moyes sacking about money

Financial expert David Buik believes Manchester United's decision to sack David Moyes was "80 per cent" about money.

Roberto Martinez backs David Moyes to make 'very successful' return to management

David Moyes will make a successful return to management soon, according to the man who replaced him at Everton.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property