Richards targets England return

09 September 2010 05:24
Micah Richards is eager to join Fabio Capello's England enclave at Manchester City.[LNB] The full-back's last cap came three years ago when he was still in his teens.[LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"I wouldn't say I've got the hunger back because I never lost it.[LNB]"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.[LNB]"If we can win something for the fans and I'm playing well, then there's no reason why I can't get back in the England squad."[LNB]Richards won the last of his 12 caps in 2007 and has yet to convince England manager Capello of his capabilities.[LNB]But he added on City's website: "I think James Milner holds the record for Under-21 caps and Gareth Barry played a lot of games as well. That shows you can use it as a stepping stone to the senior side."[LNB]

Source: Team_Talk