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Micah Richards is hoping to force his way back into international contention, starting with next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, reports the Daily Mirror.

With first-choice right back Glen Johnson out injured and Kyle Walker struggling to impress for England, Richards revealed he is hoping he will get his chance.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “I want to go to Brazil in 2014 as much as the next man - if we qualify - and as I’m comfortable at both right-back and centre-half, I could give the manager a different option."

While Walker may be dangerous going forward his defensive play often leaves something to be desired, and after a few less than stellar outings for the Three Lions perhaps England manager Roy Hodgson will be willing to give Richards a chance to increase the 13 caps he has won so far.

When Richards, 25, became the youngest England defender to make their debut many ear-marked him as the long-term successor to Gary Neville. But since that match against Holland in 2006 injuries and off the pitch incidents have hampered his progress, most notably when he was omitted from the Euro 2012 squad and refused to be on the standby list.

Richards however is hopeful he will be able to change the England bosses mind; “hopefully Roy Hodgson will give me a chance to force my way back into the squad”.

“Picking up niggling injuries isn't helping my cause so I need to keep fit, do my best and see what happens”

His last international cap came in 2012, something he is desperate to amend “I've been stuck on 13 caps for some time now-unlucky for some!”

First however Richards must concentrate on breaking into the first-team at Manchester City, and he made a successful return to action this week in the 5-0 demolition of Wigan in the Capital One Cup.

He has been forced to resign himself to playing at right-back over his favoured position in the centre of defence and admits he may be there for some time; “The manager didn't play me there in preseason so maybe I’ll only play at right-back”.

“I’m sure he knows I've played there before, but maybe he doesn't see me as a centre-back”.

That means he has the tough task of dislodging fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta, last season’s player of the year.

Regardless of where he ends up playing Roy Hodgson will welcome the dilemma of where to play a fully fit and inform Micah Richards.

And if England’s defensive woes continue, I’m sure he won’t be stuck on 13 caps for too much longer.

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