Fabio Capello's side cruised into a 2-0 lead against Montenegro thanks to first-half strikes from Ashley Young and Darren Bent.
Rooney played a key role for both England goals before being sent off for a kick at Miodrag Dzudovic with 20 minutes left to hand Montenegro a way back into the match.
England went on to concede a late equaliser but the good news was they got the point they needed to qualify for Euro 2012 as Group G winners; the bad news was star player Rooney will serve at least a one-match ban at the tournament.
Before the game, there was some question marks as to whether Capello should play Rooney following a football betting scam involving the Manchester United striker's father.
Redknapp wrote in his column for the Sun that Capello had got the tactics right until Rooney let him down.
He wrote: "Yes, the way [Capello] wanted [England] to attack was good.
"There were two wide men and one player up front in Darren Bent with Wayne Rooney dropping off.
"Rooney had an excellent first half before letting himself down. I was particularly impressed with the two wingers. They were flexible, switching around during the first half and that meant lots of different options opening up.
"There was pace and there was energy along the flanks... but then what Rooney did was just stupid.
"I was thinking how mature he looked and how the situation involving his dad and his uncle had clearly not affected him and he had moved on.
"But a likely two-game ban at the start of the Euro 2012 finals is a massive, massive blow for England.
"He just cannot go around doing that sort of thing. We thought we'd seen the last of it but I guess he had his angry head on after all.
"Rooney is a ferocious competitor for Manchester United and for England but there has to be a line.
"It's hugely disappointing. He could be missing for the entire group stage and the rush of blood could end up costing him and England dearly."
It is not the first time Rooney's temper has landed him in hot water. As recently as April this year, he swore into a television camera after completing his hat-trick during United's 4-2 win at West Ham.
He was charged by the FA with "use of offensive, insulting and/or abusive language" and missed the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City.