The Manchester United striker was famously red carded in Podgorica during England's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign for kicking out at the Spartak Nalchik defenderMiodrag Dzudovic claims Wayne Rooney showed a "moment of weakness" in being sent off when England last played Montenegro.
The Manchester United striker was famously red carded for kicking out at Dzudovic in Podgorica during the Euro 2012 qualifiers but the defender, who is likely to start in place of the suspended Savo Pavicevic, says he has no malice towards Rooney ahead of the game on Tuesday.
"I did nothing to provoke him," Dzudovic told reporters. "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."
The 33-year-old defender admitted he wrote a letter to UEFA in a bid to reduce Rooney's three-game ban, and says he did not do it for the publicity.
"It was an initiative by the editor of the Russian sports newspaper Sovetsky Sport, who is a big fan of Manchester United and Rooney," he explained. "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."
He added, "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."