Manchester City defender Micah Richards says that he is eyeing an senior England recall once again. A chest infection meant that Richards was forced to withdraw from Stuart Pearce’s squad for the victories over Portugal and Lithuania in European Championship qualifiers, but he is not letting that setback discourage his international ambitions, especially since City boss Roberto Mancini recently stated that he thought Richards had huge potential.

“I want to push on and get in the seniors now, and there is no reason why I can’t if I’m starting in Manchester City’s team,” Richards told City’s official website. “When the boss has confidence in you that definitely helps your game, and 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.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve got the hunger back because I never lost it. 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. “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.” Micah Richards, 22, has 12 senior caps to his name, though with others ahead of him in the pecking order he accepts that he may have to wait a little while until the call from Capello comes.