Carroll told to cut out partying lifestyle
Published 06/09/2011 | 05:00
England manager Fabio Capello has told Andy Carroll he needs to "be careful" about his lifestyle.
In March this year, Carroll appeared to be Capello's golden boy, marking his second cap with his first senior goal against Ghana at Wembley.
Since then though, the Gateshead-born frontman's career seems to have stalled.
He missed the subsequent Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland -- and the European U-21 Championships -- due to injury, and during the summer the former Newcastle striker was pictured partying on holiday in Barbados.
The Liverpool striker didn't even make the bench for last Friday's win in Bulgaria and Capello declared yesterday: "Andy needs to be careful.
"I don't know anything about his lifestyle. It is a private problem that I never spoke about. But if he wants to be a good player and a good sportsman, he needs to drink less than the others."
Carroll is unlikely to figure in England's team for tonight's Euro qualifier against Wales at Wembley, but Capello is considering changes for what he hopes will be his last competitive game at Wembley as England boss.
James Milner's inclusion at the expense of Theo Walcott would provide Capello with someone who can switch from the right to left of midfield and provide cover for the full-backs no matter where Gareth Bale attempts to operate from.
That Frank Lampard is not likely to be the chosen man again emphasises his new status as a squad man, following a decade when he has been viewed as one of the essential components of any England side.
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