Rooney's appeal to be heard by UEFA on Dec. 9

England striker Wayne Rooney's appeal for game suspension that could see him miss Euro 2012 will be decided Dec. 9 by UEFA, it was announced Tuesday.

Rooney was suspended three matches in early October for a red card in the last match in qualifying against Montenegro, ruling him out of the group round next summer in Poland and Ukraine.

England appealed the decision earlier this month, and UEFA has decided to hear the appeal in early December, a few days after the draw for the Euro finals.

"The UEFA Appeals Body will deal with the case of England striker Wayne Rooney on Friday 9 December at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon," UEFA said in a statement on its website.

"This follows UEFA's receipt on Friday 4 November of the official written appeal from the English Football Association against the three-match suspension given to Rooney by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on 13 October."

Rooney received the card for kicking Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovic in the side of the leg after losing possession in a 2-2 tie. England finished atop Group G but could be without its top striker next summer if the suspension is upheld.