Keane was on loan in January and February at Villa and worked with young Carruthers.
â€śAt first I was star-struck and I was a bit nervous and bit shy in a way,â€ť Carruthers told the Birmingham Mail.
â€śBut I think one of my biggest influences was Robbie Keane who came on loan. He told me just to play my game and not listen to anybody if they are having a go at you. I donâ€™t know what he said to the other lads, but just during training he told me not to be nervous.
â€śHe told me I was a good player and I should just try to do my thing.
â€śTraining with players like him was an honour because thatâ€™s where you want to be.
â€śIâ€™m not star-struck any more but I was when I first started training.â€ť