By William Wood | In UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Micah has been called up to the England U21s for next month’s European Championships, giving the 20-year old the opportunity to test himself against some of the best young talent in Europe.
The defender, who has hit form at right-back for Manchester City in recent weeks, has appeared 11 times for the Three Lions’ senior side, scoring once, and he joins the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Theo Walcott in boasting full-honours experience.
The tournament will run from 15-29 June in Sweden, with other experienced players such as Newcastle United’s Steven Taylor and Aston Villa’s James Milner set to join up with the squad.
It was Pearce who handed Micah his debut for City against Arsenal in October 2005, and the youngster will relish the opportunity to get more international experience under his belt as he looks to stake his claim for a place in the senior set-up once again.
Fellow Leeds-raised midfielder Aaron Lennon will, however, miss out due to injury, joining fellow Tottenham Hotspur players Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O’Hara on the touchline.
The tournament will see Micah add to his five caps at U21 level, and despite being a regular fixture in Mark Hughes’ side this season, he is looking forward to extending his campaign and continuing his rich vein of form.
“I’m looking forward to the tournament and believe we have a squad strong enough to win it,” he told MicahRichards.com.
“It also gives me a chance to play against some of the best young players in Europe, and that will only help my own game as I look to develop.”
The full England U21 squad is as follows:
Joe Hart (Manchester City), Joe Lewis (Peterborough), Scott Loach (Watford); Martin Cranie (Portsmouth), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Andrew Taylor (Middlesbrough), Steven Taylor (Newcastle), James Tomkins (West Ham); Lee Cattermole (Wigan), Andrew Driver (Hearts) Craig Gardner (Aston Villa), Adam Johnson (Middlesbrough), James Milner (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), Mark Noble (West Ham), Jack Rodwell (Everton); Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Frazier Campbell (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).