Micah Richards faces a massive game at Anfield for Aston Villa this weekend

Micah Richards

The Aston Villa defender must be hoping for a return to the England fold.

This weekend will see Ray Lewington present at Anfield as Aston Villa take on Liverpool in the Premier League.

The England assistant is said to be attending the game in order to keep tabs on Jack Grealish – who is set to choose between England and the Republic of Ireland soon – and the recently returned from fitness Daniel Sturridge.

However, this is surely an opportunity for one man to remind the England assistant and the nation in general that he was once considered one of the country’s top talents.

The player in question is Aston Villa captain Micah Richards.

Signed on a free transfer from Manchester City this summer it appears that the defender has now put behind him his injury troubles and is set for a full season under his belt.

He has impressed at Villa so far and being a central defender who can also play, and thrive, at right-back makes him a worthy member of any team.

Richards has 13 caps for England and even a goal, after making his debut in 2006 and becoming England’s youngest ever defender.

But he has not played for England since a friendly defeat to The Netherlands in February 2012 and with Lewington present tomorrow this represents his best opportunity to put himself back in the limelight for some time.

Here’s hoping he can rekindle some former glories.

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