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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Richards vows to fight for England place

In-form Man City defender wants to impress national team boss Fabio Capello

Micah Richards has been in fine form for Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City

Manchester City defender Micah Richards says he will continue to press hard for a place in the England squad after being left out once again by manager Fabio Capello.

Richards, 23, has been in outstanding form for Barclays Premier League leaders City, but he was omitted from the 25-man party to play against World Cup holders Spain at Wembley on Saturday and then Sweden three days later.

Versatile defender Richards has only made one appearance for England since Capello took over as manager in January 2008, and it now appears as though his chances of going to Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine next summer are slim.

But Richards has vowed to continue to improve. "I must be doing something right - I've started the season well and we're top of the league," he said. "It's up to Capello, if he wants to give me a shout I am always there.

"I am twice or three times better than when I first played for England in 2006, I have got a fantastic manager at City in Roberto Mancini who has helped me so much, telling me to go out and express myself.

"I've still not been given a start under this England manager, so I've not been able to show what I can do. I know my form has to be right for City before he can pick me, but if he gives me my chance I'm sure I can take it, like before.

"Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both been doing well for Manchester United and if the manager wants to give them a chance it is up to him, there is no point in me moaning about it.

"I know what I've got to do - keep working hard. And that is what I'll do."

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Key Points

  • Richards has impressed for leaders Man City this term
  • Defender was not selected for latest England squad
  • Will keep working hard to impress Fabio Capello