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New Villa boss Houllier: Young English players out of control

New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier says Premiership stars are out of control. Wayne Rooney is fighting to save his marriage after the revelations, while international team-mates John Terry, Ashley Cole and Peter Crouch have all been in the news for the wrong reasons.

And Houllier has warned that players in this country must be taught not to throw their careers away.

He told the Daily Star: I'm not saying, 'Don't go out' because a player is not a monk - but he has to do everything he can to develop his talent and stay focused. The mentality of the players has changed. Egos are bigger, they get more money and at an early age many of them are practically superstars.

"I don't think it should just be training and then go home. English players want to be trained - I know that for a fact."

Houllier guided the early careers of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher at Anfield, famously telling the latter: "Why sit in a nightclub now, when you can own one when you retire!"

The 63-year-old Frenchman added: "Players must realise that you play maybe 10 years if you are lucky. You have to live for the job - NOT use the job to live.

"The first thing in the job is you need to be focused. You have to have talent but that alone is not enough. You have to put work on top of that in the spirit of sacrifice. You also have to remember these fellows are aged between 20 and 30."

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