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Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2011

Capello wants Carroll to curb booze


Wembley, England — England coach Fabio Capello has urged striker Andy Carroll, the country's most expensive player, to curb his drinking and change his lifestyle.

Liverpool's £35-million (then $56 million) January signing is struggling for action for club and country.

And Capello says Carroll's "style of life is a problem, if it is not good, because he needs to be careful."

Having previously hoped Carroll could form an England strike partnership with Wayne Rooney, Capello added: "If he wants to be a good player and a good sportsman, he needs to drink less than the others."

Carroll was not even named as a substitute in Sofia on Friday as England beat Bulgaria 3-0 in qualifying for the 2012 European Championship.

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