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West Ham's Ashton: Capello told me to drop the pounds

West Ham striker Dean Ashton admits his new slimline physique is down to a heart-to-heart with England manager Fabio Capello.

"If the England manager tells you to lose weight then that's what you do, you do whatever it takes," said Ashton, who piled on muscle after breaking his ankle in an England training session two years ago.

"But I've gone away and worked hard this summer. I've adjusted my diet and lost a bit of weight - exactly how much is for me to know. I feel good for it. Pizza will always be my favourite food but it's a case of not eating it all the time."

The West Ham striker played 45 minutes in Trinidad, missing a good chance in that time. It did not convince Capello he is the answer to England's problems up front.

"I'm not going to lie, I was nervous,' said Ashton. 'In my eyes, playing for your country is a big deal. I just feel I want more chances to show everyone I am good enough."

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