Manchester City defender Micah Richards has admitted that he is devastated at exclusion from the latest England squad, but has pledged to continue to do well at club level to show Fabio Capello his worth.
The Italian coach has largely ignored Richards during his tenure, and seemingly prefers Glen Johnson, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling at right back over the Etihad Stadium man.
Despite the snub, Richards intends to train hard and try to force himself into Capello’s Euro 2012 plans.
“Jones and Smalling have been doing well for Manchester United; if the manager wants to give them a chance it is up to him, there is no point in me moaning about it,” he told Mirror Football.
“I know what I’ve got to do – keep working hard – and that’s what I’ll do.”
Richards’ omission seems odd given his personal form and that of his club, but the defender has pledged to answer Capello’s call should it come.
“I must be doing something right. In seasons gone by I have not been playing my best. Now I’ve started off well and we are top of the league.
“As I’ve said before, it’s up to Capello. If he wants to give me a shout I am always there.
“I have improved, twice, three times since the first time I played for England. 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 am sure I can take it with both hands, just like I did before,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight