Micah makes international statement
- Mon 08 Oct 2012, 8:35AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Defender’s surprise return has the nation’s media purring and calling for a return from international exile.
Micah Richards won his first cap for England in 2006 under Steve McLaren but has been frustrated to only add one cap to his 12 since in the Capello/Hogdson era.
However, after his barnstorming return to full fitness against Sunderland on Saturday, there are fresh calls to get Micah back into the international set up.
“Micah Richards, playing for City for the first time in five months in the centre-half position many feel is his best, turned in the sort of performance that suggested he is an obvious replacement for shamed and recently-retired England defender John Terry,” Ian Whittell writes in the Daily Telegraph.
“Richards’ average of a couple of caps per year is all the more mysterious given his versatility and, perhaps, the athletic youngster has been a victim of his own success, considered good at both defensive positions but great at neither by a succession of England managers.”
Whittell isn’t the only one banging the “Micah for England” drum – his teammate Pablo Zabaleta also feels it might be time for the 24-year old to come back in from the cold.
“I think Micah is a fantastic player and he deserves to be in the national team,” said Zabaleta.
“Micah came back to the team, he was very solid at the back. He is young, he is strong and he can give to England what he gives to Manchester City. He can play either centre back or right back."
“Terry’s not in the international team any more so maybe that is a good chance for him to get into the England team again.”
Barry said: "I have not spoken to the England manager, but I understand why I am not in it. My season hasn't really got going, and I am still getting over the injury.
"I am hopeful that if I can get a run in the team, and get some games together, I will be in the next squad.
"I am obviously disappointed because I want to play for my country but I am not ready to retire yet, and will just keep working hard."
"I am not going to say too much. I just want to work hard to get back."
We’ll keep you updated with how our other internationals get on with their nations over the next 11 days until the Premier League season resumes.
Not that we’re counting down the days, or anything…