With one petulant kick, Wayne Rooney underlined his reputation as England's most gifted but reckless player and ensured his team will start next year's European Championship without its star striker.

The Manchester United forward began what proved to be a bittersweet night in Podgorica on Friday by playing a part in England's two early goals that helped clinch a 2-2 draw to seal qualification for next year's tournament.

However, the 25-year-old Rooney ensured he would grab the headlines for all the wrong reasons by earning a straight red card in the 74th minute for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic.

Rooney will now miss at least one match in the group stage at the finals in Ukraine and Poland.