Fabio Capello has spoken to Andy Carroll to warn him about the dangers of drinking too much beer.
England chief tells Reds striker to take care of himself
England boss Fabio Capello has revealed he has spoken to Andy Carroll to warn him about the dangers of drinking too much beer.
Liverpool striker Carroll, who will start Tuesday's friendly against Ghana, found himself caught up in a number off-the-field alcohol-fuelled incidents while at Newcastle.
Capello is a big admirer of Carroll and he believes he must take care of himself off the pitch if he wants to improve as a player.
"Carroll is a player, who's really good in the air, but not only this," said Capello. "The movement when he receives the ball is good. With the ball. He's strong. He's a good player. He's a good forward.
"Look, he's young. Really young. His behaviour now is really, really important. Really important. He needs to be careful at every moment.
"When you play with the England national team, at every moment you are the focus of the fans, the newspapers, the photographers, the people that live around him.
"I spoke with him privately. I think not only Andy likes to drink beer. Not only Andy. He needs to improve, to drink less."
Capello also insists there has been no deal struck with Liverpool over how long Carroll will play for against Ghana.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish hinted that he would prefer Carroll not to be involved at all after only recently recovering from a long-term thigh problem.
However, Capello feels Carroll is capable of starting against Ghana and that his involvement will only help him in his bid for fitness.
"Absolutely no-one has rung me and we have not spoken with Liverpool," added Capello.
"He needs to play. Liverpool will be happy for him to play. It is a friendly and he can play up to half-time, or more. For this reason, the game is important for him and for me."
Jack Wilshere has also found himself involved in some off-the-field scrapes, but Capello believes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the right man to keep the young midfielder on the right track.
"I think the teacher of Wilshere is really good," added Capello. "Wenger will be a good teacher for him. It's better for him to speak with him."