Speaking to the official Aston Villa website, Joleon Lescott has backed Micah Richards to make it back into the England set-up, having been impressed by his start to life at the Birmingham-based club.
Lescott said: “Nothing he becomes in football would surprise me. He is so immensely talented. He can get back into that England squad, absolutely no doubt. There's a lot of talent there in the group. But if Micah Richards is fit, he has to be involved.”
This is a bold claim to make about Richards, having seen the 27-year-old defender out of the international set-up since 2012, after being a regular in 2007, and making occasional appearances after that.
He was highly rated as a youth player, and in his late teens and early 20’s, but Richards career has stalled. Unfortunately for the defender, he was playing at Manchester City at a time when they were willing to spend highly to build a great team, and it is only now that he is starting to play regular football again.
Richards moved to Villa over the summer on a free transfer, and he was named captain by Tim Sherwood after an impressive pre-season. He has since started the Premier League campaign in strong form, and although he is far off the England team as of now, if he continues to perform well he could just sneak in.
Richards is playing consistently in a season heading into Euro 2016, and if he enjoys a good season, he could just be a shock call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for the tournament.