Sam Allardyce has warned Charles N'Zogbia not to let playing international football go to his head.
The Newcastle winger was recently called up to the France Under 21 squad after rave reviews for his performances at St James' Park this season.
N'Zogbia is expected to be involved in upcoming games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Romania.
However, Allardyce has reservations after seeing former Bolton striker Michael Ricketts go downhill after making his England debut in 2002.
The Magpies boss has told the 21-year-old to keep his feet on the ground to ensure he does not go the same way.
Asked if he was happy to see N'Zogbia playing at international level, Allardyce said: "Yes, but as long as that does not affect him in the wrong way.
"That can happen to young men when all the other boys start talking to him about this, that and the other. All of a sudden, he's disgruntled again.
"It can be a good thing, but it can also be a very destructive thing.
"You know, I saw a player play once for England, and he is now playing at Oldham Athletic. He's called Michael Ricketts.
"It affected him that badly. He let himself get carried away by the situation, and his career ended up declining."