By Rhonda Richards | In General
Micah Richards gave an insight into the meteoric rise that has taken him into the Premier League during an interview for the BBC’s Football Focus, explaining that he is getting “back to his best” and setting his sights on reclaiming a place in the England senior side.
The 20-year old’s rapid progress in the professional game is well-documented, with his debut in 2005 for City quickly followed by his first goal for the Eastlanders against Aston Villa in the FA Cup in 2006.
Senior England caps followed, making Micah the youngest ever defender to play for the Three Lions, as well as the stand-in captaincy when regular skipper Richard Dunne is absent.
Despite the powerful defender’s blistering start to the campaign last term, injury ruled him out for the remainder of City’s season from February onwards, coinciding with a dip in the form of the once-Champions League chasing team.
Now, though, Micah appears to be finding his peak form once again, despite operating in the previously accustomed role of left-back in recent weeks, and he believes he is over the troubles.
“I feel like I’m fully fit now, and it was a bit frustrating last season to pick up the injuries when I did,” Micah said.
“But that’s football, you just get on with it, and I feel like I’m back to my best now.”
Micah’s absence also ruled him out of international duties, and he now aims to win back his place in Fabio Capello’s England side over the coming months.
“After playing 11 times for the side, and doing well almost every game, it’s a bit frustrating not to be playing now,” he continued.
“However, there’s no other way to respond aside from making sure you play well for your club and hopefully get your chance again.
Next time when I get the chance, hopefully I’ll take it and keep it. The next game’s in six months so in this period I’ve got to show the manager what I can do.”
The youngster also reaffirmed his commitment to Mark Hughes’ side, explaining that the club’s new-found wealth has served only to enhance his optimism for the future.
“The money’s not really changed things in my mind because I’ve always wanted to stay here, but now we can push on and show people what we can really do.
The highly-rated prospect also detailed the role his parents, and in particular his father Lincoln, played in his development, as well as revealing his ultimate ambition of captaining England in the future.
Micah did, though, remain coy on the suggestion that he was given the nickname ‘Bambi’ when he arrived at the City of Manchester stadium, but he refused to rule it out!