By William Wood | In England
A delighted Micah told MicahRichards.com of his pride at being recalled to the England senior squad for their friendly clash with Germany on Wednesday.
The Manchester City defender was expected to join up with the England U21s after being named in the squad by Stuart Pearce for their friendly encounter with the Czech Republic, and he had expressed his desire to impress his talents on Fabio Capello with a view to fighting his way back into the senior set-up.
However, following a string of solid performances for Mark Hughes’ men, Micah has received a call-up earlier than even he expected, and the 20-year old is joined by team-mates Joe Hart and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the 23-man squad.
Having impressed in the 11 caps Micah already has to his name thus far, the powerful defender has now set his sights on featuring in the match in Berlin in order to justify his inclusion.
“It was a shock to be called back into the senior England side as I had fully-expected to play for the U21s on Tuesday night,” Micah said.
“It’s among the biggest honours in football to be called up by your nation, and coming a bit out of the blue makes it all the more special.
“I was ready, immediately after City’s game with Hull, to prepare myself to impress against the Czech Republic, but I can’t describe how happy I am to be back in the squad.
“I knew that if I just tried to keep my head down, play well and continue to try to improve, I would be in with a shout, and thankfully I have been.
“Now I want to go out there, seize on the opportunity and remind everybody what I can do for England.”