By William Wood | In England
Having been named in Stuart Pearce’s England U21 squad for the friendly with the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening, Micah spoke exclusively to MicahRichards.com on his international aspirations.
The Manchester City defender has made eleven caps for the senior national side since making his professional debut in 2005, but the injury that curtailed an impressive season last term has so far seen him struggle to win back his place in Fabio Capello’s squad.
Micah, though, remains fully focused on the task at hand which is England U21’s warm-up campaign to next summer’s European Championship campaign after they saw off Wales in the play-offs.
The last time the youngster turned out for Pearce’s men, in the qualifying group clash with Slovenia at Hull City’s KC Stadium, he scored with a close-range tap in having struck the bar minutes earlier, and he will be looking for a similar performance next week.
Naturally, Micah also retains the hope that an impressive performance for the U21s will lead to a subsequent call-up by Capello, but he will not allow himself to lose focus.
“Of course I think it’s an ideal opportunity to impress the England senior side’s staff,” Micah said. “I hope to fight my way back into the senior side and I know I can do this by playing well for my club and for the Under 21s.”
“I know I will have to be patient but I’m near enough certain I will fight my way back into the senior side if I continue to put in the maximum effort.”
Micah and fellow Leeds-born midfielder Aaron Lennon, of Tottenham Hotspur, will be the two most experience Premier League players on show at Bramall Lane, while club team-mate Nedum Onuoha was also selected.