Injury-Free Manchester City Defender Micah Richards Targets 2014 World Cup England Squad Berth

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Englishman can operate at either right back or centre back. 

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards says his versatility may give him a chance of going to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The powerful England international finally made his comeback for City following a hamstring injury in their Capital One Cup third-round thrashing of Wigan Athletic at Eastlands on Tuesday night, with the 25-year-old turning in a typically dynamic display at right back for Manuel Pellegrini’s side in their 5-0 victory over the Latics.

And now Richards, who is equally comfortable operating at either right back or as a centre back, has set his sights on forcing his way back into the Three Lions squad as Roy Hodgson’s men prepare for two crucial Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley Stadium next month.

Richards made his England debut in a friendly against the Netherlands in November 2006, with the attack-minded full back having since made just the 13 appearances for his country, scoring one goal in the process.

However, the Englishman has now targeted being on the plane to South America next summer – subject to Hodgson’s side winning their final two qualifying ties that is – and competing for a first-team place in the Three Lions’ back four as either a right back or as a central defender.

“I want to go to Brazil in 2014 as much as the next man – if we qualify – and as I’m comfortable at both right back and centre half, I could give the manager a different option,” said Richards.

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