After Andy Carroll failed to even make the bench for England in Friday night's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria, the Liverpool striker has come into criticism from some quarters for his off the field antics.
The Reds forward has struggled to find the form that prompted Kenny Dalglish to pay £35million to bring him to Anfield in January, and having made a modest start to the new campaign, questions are beginning to be asked about Carroll's temperament.
However, the 6ft 3in front man has an ally in the form of Liverpool legend John Aldridge, who backed Carroll to get fitter, find his form, and answer his critics in style.
"I'm an Andy Carroll fan and he's got a big career ahead of him," said Aldridge. "There are a lot of snipers out there looking to criticise but he has to prove those people wrong."
Included amongst 'those' people was Three Lions boss Fabio Capello - who expressed a concern for the way that Carroll carries himself away from football, and offered advice to the player moving forward.
"Andy needs to be careful," warned the Italian. "I don't know anything about his lifestyle. It is a private problem that I never spoke about but if he wants to be a good player and a good sportsman, he needs to drink less than the others.
"He is not at the top of his form at the moment but he was fantastic in the last two training sessions. I was really happy with him and told him he needs to do the same when he goes back to Liverpool."
Reflecting on Capello's comments, Aldridge suggested that such issues are better dealt with internally, but believes the fact they have been projected publicly, could have a positive impact on Carroll, providing him with the wake-up call that he duly needs.
It would have been better for Capello to keep his comments in house," he continued. "If he's got anything to say it should be between him and the player.
"But I don't think it will do Andy any harm. Andy knows what he needs to do and it's another kick up the backside for him."
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