Richards delighted with Team GB call-up

Micah Richards wants a gold medal to add to his growing collection of awards.

Speaking to the club’s website, the Manchester City defender has expressed his delight at being called up for the Olympics and his dream of winning gold. He said:

“I’m delighted to have been included and honoured to have the chance to represent Team GB at the London Olympics. When I got the call from Stuart Pearce, who gave me my debut at Manchester City and has been massive support throughout my career, I was over the moon. Hopefully we can win gold for the country.”

Richards is one of the 3 three overage players in the Team GB squad, along with former teammate Craig Bellamy and local rival Ryan Giggs. They join 15 other players who meet the under 23 requirements.

Team GB’s first game in the tournament will be against Senegal on the 26th July at Old Trafford before facing the other two members of their group – United Arab Emirates and Uruguay – during the following week.

The 25-year-old full back was expected to be part of Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad after a strong season in which he was nominated for City’s player of the year. However, the new England boss didn’t choose to call Richards up which, if Team GB do take gold, could be a blessing in disguise for the defender.

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