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Arsenal hero Keown: Capello got it right lifting booze ban

Arsenal hero Martin Keown says England boss Fabio Capello was right to lift his booze ban this week.

Capello allowed his players to have a beer ahead of their victory over Slovenia.

And Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: "I don't think drinking alcohol regularly has any part to play in modern football but allowing players to have a drink once in a while - like Fabio Capello did with the England players - needn't be a massive problem.

"Harry Redknapp's analogy that you wouldn't put diesel in a Ferrari is spot on. Footballers are athletes and drinking alcohol damages your muscles, as the toxins affect hormones that aid their growth and recovery - Arsene Wenger taught us that when he arrived at Arsenal.

"But there are rare occasions when a couple of beers at the right time can be important for team spirit. You can get together, relax, get to know each other better and have a few laughs.

"Capello chose the right time to do that as the team were obviously having a bit of a tough time of it. I'm just surprised it became public and I'm not sure what the point of that was.

"Things have changed so much since I started out in the game in the 1980s. Drinking lots was normal then although it was something I was never a part of."

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