England manager Fabio Capello has expressed his frustration at Andy Carroll‘s lack of fitness, and warned the Liverpool striker to focus on his playing career.
The striker joined the Merseyside club from Newcastle in January for £35 million, making him the most expensive British player of all time, and also became a fixture in the Italian’s international squad.
Despite this, the towering frontman did not even make the bench for England’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Friday, and may miss out against Wales on Tuesday also; Capello explains why.
“He needs to find good form. I chose 25 players and decided that the first 11 would be the players who were, for me, in the best form. Andy didn’t start the last game with Liverpool and probably he is not at the top. He needs to play games, games, games. It’s the start of the season,” Capello told reporters.
There have been doubts over the forward’s attitude away from the game, with pictures of Carroll on holiday in Barbados and Ibiza over the summer sparking fears that he enjoys the party lifestyle, something again Capello has warned him about.
“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. He needs to improve, to drink less,” he continued.
Despite this, Capello sees Carroll as an important man in his future plans, and was full of praise for the player’s abilities.
“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, but he’s young. Really young. His behaviour now is really important. He needs to be careful at every moment,” he concluded.