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Dalglish: Carroll on track

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has defended striker Andy Carroll in the wake of criticism from England coach Fabio Capello.

The 22-year-old did not make the bench for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Bulgaria on Friday and prior to Tuesday's win over Wales the national team boss voiced his concerns over the player's drinking habits and general fitness. It is a subject Capello has raised before but Dalglish said there were no issues with the £35million frontman.

"As we've said before Andy was not properly fit last season because of a knee injury but we have been pleased with his level of fitness this season because he has lost that injury," said the Scot.

"I think Andy is very appreciative of advice from anyone who has a good standing in football.

"I think he appreciates Capello's advice because he has great respect for Fabio and Fabio has great respect for Andy."

At the end of last season Carroll missed England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland - and the European Under-21 Championships - due to injury and during the summer he was pictured partying on holiday in Barbados.

It prompted Capello to say earlier this week: "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.

"He is not at the top of his form at the moment."