Sam Allardyce has warned Andy Carroll that he will have to get his priorities right if he wants to fulfil his dream of becoming an England striker.
The Blackburn manager, who had charge of Carroll at Newcastle, believes the target man has a bright future if he gets his life right off the pitch.
Punching the air: Allardyce says Carroll has to get his life right off the pitch
But the 21-year-old is developing the sort of bad-boy reputation that could count against him.
'He has to learn to make sacrifices in his private life,' said Allardyce.
'We all have mates who are important to us but he may have to choose his more carefully.
'It would be a terrible shame for him, for Newcastle and for England if he failed to get his priorities right.'
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Carroll was convicted of an assault in a nightclub this year and had his Range Rover torched while staying with club captain Kevin Nolan as a bail condition for another alleged offence.
Claims surfaced of a training-ground clash with team-mate Steven Ttaylor after the defender's jaw was broken, and last night Carroll was facing new claims about his off-field behaviour.
Carroll is alleged to have gone on a 14-hour drinking binge with Nolan following Newcastle's 5-1 thrashing of rivals Sunderland last weekend and to have taken three women back to Nolan's house.
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