So what happened to Micah Richards?

Ollie Irish

21st, August 2008

Why has Man City defender fallen out of favour for his country?
How many more times do I have to watch Wes Brown flail around for England at right-back? Brown is a capable centre-back, but a poor full-back. He often looks nervous on the ball, his close control is lacking, and while he runs the line with enthusiasm, he’s hardly a swashbuckling force.
Thing is, England do have a much better option at right-back. He’s a player who has already proved he can make the step-up to international football. No, not Gary Neville – although G-Nev still has an England future. I’m talking, of course (the headline gave it away, no?) about Micah Richards.

Richards looked great for England’s U-21 team on Tuesday: typically strong at the back, and he chipped in with a goal.
So why isn’t the Man City man in the senior squad? Why has such a talented young player been relegated to the kids’ pool – it is to give him a kick up ths arse? What exactly has Richards done wrong? Is Fabio Capello protecting him before the actual World Cup campaign begins?
I don’t know the answers to any of these questions, but it’s both mysterious and frustrating to see Richards’ international career take a backwards step, when he is one of England’s most impressive, promising players.

You have already read 10 premium articles for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow

Posted in International football, Man City

Share this article: Email

Leave a Reply