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Micah Richards needs to be given a second chance with England

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On October 22 2005, Manchester City introduced 17-year-old defender Micah Richards as a substitute against Arsenal.

Just two years later, already with 10 England caps under his belt, Richards became City's youngest player to ever the captain the club. That was the second record the boy from Leeds would set in his early career as he had already become the national team's youngest ever defender when making his debut against Holland in 2006, aged 18.

The force is strong

The future looked so promising. He was a strong, quick, athletic full-back that showed no fear no matter who the opponent. Now aged 26 and standing as the current longest serving player at The Etihad, it's almost once in a blue moon that you're likely to see Richards in a City shirt.

He now spends his time living in the beautiful city Florence playing for Serie A side Fiorentina. After playing just twice 2013/14 title winning season, not enough to pick up a medal, Richards swapped sky blue for purple when he joined the Italian outfit.

Richards struggles

The defender's first-team opportunities became limited in Manchester following the arrival of Pablo Zabaleta. Not to mention a number of various injuries that kept him sidelined. However, he has recently said that he his "10 times better" than what he was when he made his senior debut all those years ago.

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Richards has also said that he would love to play for England again. And he may be in for a chance. Right back has been a problem position for the international team over the past few seasons and Roy Hodgson may look across to Tuscany if the experienced defender can impress in the foreign league.

If he's getting the playing time and performing well there's no reason why he shouldn't be in the manager's mind, after all he is still only 26.

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