Manchester City defender Micah Richards has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012, but wished his club teammates and the rest of the Three Lions success at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
After a prolonged spell in the international wilderness under the former stewardship of Fabio Capello, the 23-year-old was recalled by interim manager Stuart Pearce for the recent friendly against Holland at Wembley, and hoped his impressive club form would be enough to earn him a place on the plane this summer.
"Of course my initial reaction is to be gutted but a manager is there to pick a squad and he cannot pick everyone," Richards told City's official website.
"No one will be cheering louder than me for England when the championships start. My really good mates from City and other clubs will be playing and of course I want my country to win."
Richards played an important part in City's Premier League title winning campaign, starting 31 games in the league and cup competitions, taking his career tally to 210 appearances.
However, the City full-back was omitted from the England squad in favour of Liverpool's Glen Johnson - the only specialist right-back - and Manchester United utility man Phil Jones, who will likely provide cover in that area.
It's not all doom and gloom for Richards though, having just celebrated the Citizens' first top-flight title success in 44 years. The academy graduate is now looking forward to a well-earned break and will be ready to come back even stronger next season.
"I will take myself off on holiday and come back refreshed and ready to start again next season," he continued. "There is so much to look forward to starting with City's trip to China and Malaysia and then the Community Shield match against Chelsea.
"We are defending the Premier League title and we will be ready to be competitive in the Champions League. Hopefully I will play my share of those games and will be selected for the England squad at some time in the future."
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