British lion Micah roars with pride
- Fri 03 Aug 2012, 8:39AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Micah Richards may not be in City's colours for a while yet, but his part in Team GB's exploits at the Olympics earn him coverage in the media today.
The British team face South Korea in Cardiff on Saturday with a place in the semi-finals at stake, and the defender is keen to credit the man who handed him his City debut back in 2005.
Stuart Pearce had faith in the then-17-year-old who has hardly looked back since, and Micah has enjoyed hooking up with his former City and England Under 21 boss again.
"I have always liked him since we were at Manchester City," he tells the Telegraph's Henry Winter. "He really knows how to fire up the boys in the changing room." - and he knows how to progress into the semis at a major tournament, having done so twice, at Italia 90 and Euro 96.
The Daily Mail's angle is more towards Richards' absence from the England squad at Euro 2012 rather than how well Team GB are doing.
"Since Steve McLaren was sacked in November 2007, Richards has only been capped twice, against France in November 2010 and in a friendly against Holland at Wembley earlier this year," writes Dominic King.
"But Richards was in the dressing room on Wednesday evening when Roy Hodgson came to congratulate Team GB's players on reaching the quarter-finals and the 24-year-old hopes he can win over England's head coach.
But don't worry if you think it's all a bit quiet when it comes to City and transfer rumours, several sources now have a new name for you to conjure with.
This time it's Nicolas N’Koulou of Marseilles said to be in our sights.
The Daily Star claims that "Manchester City will turn to Marseille centre-back Nicolas N’Koulou, 22, after being priced out of a move for Liverpool’s Daniel Agger."