Richards targets England return

09 September 2010 06:00
Micah Richards is eager to join Fabio Capello's England enclave at Manchester City. The full-back's last cap came three years ago when he was still in his teens. Now Richards wants to make it seventh heaven for City with six of his team-mates helping defeat Switzerland in a Euro 2012 qualifier in midweek. Goalkeeper Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry, James Milner, Adam Johnson and Shaun Wright-Phillips all finished the match in Basle which ended in a 3-1 victory for England. Richards, due to skipper the Under-21s but then ruled out because of a chest infection, said: "I want to push on and get in the seniors. "There is no reason why I can't if I'm starting in Manchester City's team. When the boss (Roberto Mancini) has confidence in you that definitely helps your game. "For him to say that if I concentrate I can become one of the best defenders in England is quite a compliment to get from your manager. I wouldn't say I've got the hunger back because I never lost it. But I think the increased competition in our squad has made me play a little bit better. I want that to continue for the rest of the season."

Source: PA