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After a great season with eventual champions Manchester City, Micah Richards deserved a place in the England squad, if not the first team.
Richards provides defensive strength, is a giant in the air and most importantly, adds pace to any back line.
I would have Richards playing in the centre alongside Gary Cahill or John Terry for a nice balance of technique and raw pace and power.
There is simply no justifying leaving Richards at home, and he can be more then disappointed with the decision after a standout season.
Richards trains everyday alongside Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero, as opposed to a player like Phil Jagielka, who has played less and at mid-table Everton.
Proper pace has been missing from the England back line for several years, and I predict Three Lions will miss Richards against better quality opponents.