Manchester City defender Micah Richards hopes one day he will be recalled to the England national side after admitting he does miss England, reports Sky Sports.
The Manchester City man joined Fiorentina on a temporary basis in the summer as he attempted to get his career back on track after a poor season in England.
The City academy graduate even missed out on a Premier League winners medal due to lack of performances, but Richards has insisted he would have been captain had the heavy investment stayed away.
“If we didn’t get the investment we did, I’d probably be captain now,” Richards told the Daily Telegraph.
“I probably wouldn’t have left. I had a chance to go to Chelsea five years ago, and Manchester United. I always enjoyed City. They gave me a chance at such a young age (17)," he said.
But, despite being grateful to City for his break onto the footballing scene, it now looks unlikely that he will return to the club as a player.
Love for City
He continued by saying: "It was emotional because I was at City for a long time, but some day I’ll be back there in some capacity, maybe not coaching, I’d like to scout players.
“I do love City. City fans have always been great to me".
As well as looking back at his time in club football in England with fondness, Richards also admits that he one day hopes he will be recalled to the national side, despite last appearing in 2012.
“England is a touchy subject,” Richards added.
“It was a weird situation because I got a call from Stuart Pearce (to say he was not in Euro 2012 squad). There are right-backs performing better than me now but I don’t believe they have better attributes than me. People always say to me: ‘You should be England right-back'.
“I know how good I am as a player.”