Micah Richards: Defender says England call-up came too soon

Micah Richards says he was too young to play for England when he made his international debut aged just 18 and believes he is “10 times better” now.
The Manchester City defender, now 26, is on loan at Italian side Fiorentina.
“Sometimes, when English players do well at a young age, they get thrown in and get spat back out three of four years later,” said Richards.
“I was brought through too young. If you put me in an England shirt now, I’d be 10 times better than I was.”
In an interview with BBC’s Football Focus, he explained: “I had a couple of good seasons with City but, positionally, I wasn’t good enough. Technically, I was not international standard.
“I was using my pace and power to get me out of trouble.”
Richards made his England debut against the Netherlands in November 2006, becoming his country’s youngest defender in the process.
The Birmingham-born player was a regular under then England boss Steve McClaren but found himself out of favour when Italian Fabio Capello took over the national team in 2008.
The last of the defender’s 13 England appearances came in February 2012, again against the Dutch, but he has not figured once under new manager Roy Hodgson.
Richards says he would “love to play for England again” but does not expect Hodgson to come out to watch him play in Italy.