Manchester City defender Micah Richards wants answers from England manager Fabio Capello as to why he is continually overlooked at international level.

Richards has started 10 of 19 games for his club this season but has not played a minute for England under Capello and that does not look set to change in Wednesday's friendly against France as Richards has been included in the Under-21 group for Tuesday's clash with Germany.

Quoted in several newspapers, the 22-year-old said: "Do you know what is most frustrating? When Capello was asked by the media why I wasn't playing, he said it was because I wasn't playing regularly for Manchester City. Last season, I played 29 games, but then I would see players who weren't playing for their clubs, like Wes Brown and Luke Young, getting into the squad."

He added: "I just thought, 'I'd rather him be honest and, if he doesn't think I'm good enough, just tell me what I need to do to get in'.

"People look at me and think 'he's young and flashy', but on the training field I work hard and every manager will tell you the same.

"I want to be in the England team. I'm not one of those players who thinks getting money and playing for Manchester City is good enough.

"I want better than that. I know the ability I have and I know I can do better. I want to show people what I can do.

"I've not had any contact (with Capello). I am scratching my head, thinking 'what do I need to do?'

"I am not saying Capello is this or Capello is that. It's nothing to do with that. I just want to know what I have to do to get in there."

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