Manchester City defender Micah Richards is sure he made the right decision in rejecting the offer to go on standby for the England squad at Euro 2012 in favour of being part of Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics, Sky
Richards acknowledges that the decision may have led to Roy Hodgson favouring the likes of Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker as England’s right-backs, but he believes that he was correct in taking the chance to play at the Olympics – and that he is young enough to force his way back into Hodgson’s thoughts.
“It was one of those. Do I go on standby or play in the Olympics? I wanted to go and play under (Stuart) Pearce as I knew him from here at City,” Richards said. “It was a decision I made, people will always think negatively about it.
“But, from my point of view, we’d won the league that year and the FA Cup the season before. Kyle Walker got injured and I was still being asked to go only on standby,” he added. “Was I wrong for making the decision? Maybe. But I wanted to play in the Olympics. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I enjoyed it. It was one of the best times of my life.”
Richards has 13 international caps but has not appeared for the Three Lions since a February 2012 defeat to the Netherlands at Wembley. He made his senior international bow against the same opposition as an 18-year-old in 2006 in a drawn match in Amsterdam.
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