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Allardyce: no distractions for Ravel

Filed: Thursday, 17th October 2013
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce says he is determined to ensure Ravel Morrison's feet stay on he ground.

Morrison has been lavished with praise by the national media - who have recently caught on to his enormous potential - following his wonder goals against Tottenham and Lithuania on Tuesday night.

Those goals have led to calls for him to be considered for Roy Hodgson's full England squad - However Allardyce insists that he will continue to protect Morrison in order to ensure he continues to give his best for West Ham, first and foremost.

"At the moment he's just started with the [England] Under-21s - and of course he's played very well in those games - but there was little or no competition there so I'd have expected that," the manager told reporters this morning.

"I have to be careful with the amount of publicity that Rav gets to make sure that we just continue his growth slowly and continue him playing to the level that he's playing at and try and make him better.

"We've got to make sure there's no distractions that might put a young man off at this stage of his career which can happen. They can have their ups and downs, they can burst onto the scene, they can get lavished with praise and then lose their focus.

"When they lose their focus they can dip away again and we don't want that. Like I said he's in our team and he's enjoying his football with the rest of the lads. He's got to concentrate on the next game and whatever happens at the end of the season will happen."

Morrison is expected to be named in the starting line-up when West Ham face Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground this weekend.

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