Fabio Capello appears to have had a rethink about Wayne Rooney's inclusion for Euro 2012 after revealing he will not make a decision on whether to pick the striker until after this week's appeal.
Rooney is set to miss all three of England's group games after being given a three-match suspension by UEFA following his red card in the final qualifier against Montenegro.
The Football Association appealed against the length of the sentence and Rooney will discover in Nyon on Thursday whether his ban has been reduced.
Capello had previously indicated that he would select Rooney regardless of the outcome of the appeal, but has now admitted he could leave out the Manchester United forward if his three-game suspension stands.
The England manager is hoping that he will be spared a tough decision, though, as he would like UEFA to show some leniency.
"I need to wait. I need to wait and see how the appeal goes this week," said Capello.
"I hope Rooney will be there. The sentence, three games, was too much for me and I hope the appeal will help us reduce the sentence.
"I hope he'll be available for the third game.
"I hope they understand our lawyer, what Rooney says and what I will say at the committee."
England have been drawn in Group D for Euro 2012 alongside France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine.