Toon boss keeps Carroll grounded

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Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has warned Andy Carroll to keep his feet firmly on the ground as his stock continues to rise.

The 21-year-old striker did his blossoming reputation on the pitch little harm with a creditable display on his senior England debut on Wednesday evening, and although his off-the-field problems have been well documented, speculation over his future is already mounting.

Hughton, who will hope to have his in-form frontman available for Saturday's trip to Bolton following an injury scare at the beginning of the week, said: "It's something you don't think about."

He added: "You can't afford to think about those things and the reason you don't think about them is you know what the game is.

"At this moment, he is on a high. He is playing very well, he has made his England debut - but he is a striker and strikers will go through barren spells where perhaps they are not playing so well and where they are not scoring goals.

"I know the ups and downs of a player, but in particular a striker, so you can't afford to think about those things.

"At the moment, we have to make the most of the form he is in."

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