Fiorentina defender Micah Richards has slammed England manager Roy Hodgson’s selection policy and says that he has written off his chances of returning to the international set-up whilst he is in charge.
Richards says that Hodgson’s failure to give every player a fair chance means that he has resigned himself to not representing the Three Lions whilst he remains manager.
Richards believes that Hodgson’s reluctance stems from the fact that he refused to be on a stand-by list for Euro 2012 and he also feels he will have no interest in his performances now he is playing his football in Italy.
“No chance [will Hodgson call him up],” he said in an interview with The Guardian. “Has he even been to Swansea? The England manager should be going around every ground but I read he hadn’t even been to Swansea.”
At Swansea is one of Richards’ good friends, Nathan Dyer, and the bulky defender believes that he has done enough to earn a call-up over the years.
Dyer has excelled at the top level ever since the Swans' promotion to the Premier League back in 2012, but he has never forced his way into the England squad – something which is a major disappointment for him Richards has revealed.
“I’ve played with him at under-19s, I know him really well and I’ve talked to him. He’s gutted,” Richards said. “It’s a pleasure to play for your country, an honour, but then you see players who are not performing well and not getting picked on merit but because they are his players.”
Hodgson has come under pressure in recent times after the Three Lions' dismal World Cup performance.
England failed to win a match in Brazil and their lacklustre performances have meant that many supporters have called for him to be replaced.
Richards certainly has a point of frustration about not being selected, too. Although Hodgson will no doubt point towards the fact he has struggled to get games for Manchester City in recent times as the reason for him not being in squads, he still remains a solution for a position which is proving a problem for the nation.
The likes of Kyle Walker offer more going forward than Richards, but can be susceptible defensively, whilst Calum Chambers and John Stones are both inexperienced.
It means that Richards, with the first-team football he will receive at Fiorentina, becomes a viable candidate for a place in the team, but it would seem that the 25-year-old is not holding out much hope for his international future.