According to quotes published by the Mirror, Tim Sherwood insists Aston Villa’s new skipper Micah Richards will prove an “outstanding bargain” and backs the 27-year-old to regain his England spot.
The former Manchester City defender, who already has 13 caps for the Three Lions at senior level, joined the Midlands outfit on a free transfer this summer and his new manager is confident that it won't be long until he is reintroduced to the international stage.
According to the Mirror, Sherwood said: "Keep him healthy and I am sure he will get back in the England squad.
"It is a great stage for him - no bigger than this one. He has been outstanding since he has been here which is why he has the armband on. He has a good aura about him and the boys look up to him.
"On the pitch, he leads by example and he is vocal as well - he is not frightened to share his opinion with them."
When asked if the 27-year-old would prove an ‘outstanding bargain’, the former Tottenham coach replied: "I hope so. That is the aim. We are delighted to have Micah here and if he can reproduce what we know he is capable of, we are getting him in his prime."
The ex-Manchester City defender is set to make his home debut on Friday night against Manchester United and will lead Villa out after been handed the armband following his free transfer from the Etihad.
Richards has already proven himself as a calm and collected leader in the Villans' opening-day victory over Premier League new-boys Bournemouth and he will be hoping to show the same characteristics against this evening's more established top-flight opposition.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have signed Barcelona teenager Adama Traore ahead of the clash - another youngster who should add some spark to Sherwood's attack in the final third.