England coach Fabio Capello has spoken with Andy Carroll about the effects alcohol can have on his career.
The Liverpool striker has hit the headlines on several occasions for off-the-field incidents that have involved alcohol, and Capello has warned the 22-year-old he must look after himself away from the game in order to improve as a player and live up to the hefty fee the Reds paid for him.
Capello said: “Carroll is a player, who's really good in the air, but not only this.
“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.”