Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has challenged right-back Micah Richards to present Fabio Capello with an irrefutable case for England selection.

Richards has been in fine form for the Barclays Premier League leaders this season but has not been able to force his way back into national team boss Capello's thinking. The 23-year-old won the last of 12 caps against France a year ago and was overlooked in favour of Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker for the recent friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

Mancini said: "Micah is young. I think in the last year he has improved a lot as a player but I think he needs to improve more because he has good quality. Sometimes Micah is too strong - he thinks he can play at 50%. But if Micah played 100%, for me, he becomes one of the top full-backs in Europe."

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