Manchester City defender Micah Richards says his improvement as a player comes from training against some of the most fearsome forwards in the country.
Richards has produced some of his best form in a City shirt of late, leading many to tip him for a recall to the England setup.
The 23-year-old, who has the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva to face day in, day out in training, says his form in the Barclays Premier League is down to being put through his paces during the week.
“When you are up against David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and the rest of them, it is hard,” said Richards.
“It kind of makes you better as a player facing them every day in training. You have got to concentrate all the time and now and then give them a crack!
“It is just good to be playing with such quality players and it is helping my game as well, for sure.”
Richards has often been a victim of the club's all-star squad, but having made 14 appearances this season, appears to have installed himself as first-choice at the Etihad Stadium.
“It can be frustrating but if you want to be part of the squad you have just got to grin and bear it,” he added.
“This is a team that is going places and if you want to be part of it you have just got to get used to that.”