Toure on Richards mission
Man City's Kolo Toure wants to help Micah Richards to become one of the best defenders in England.
Last Updated: 25/09/09 2:59pm
Manchester City's Kolo Toure wants to help team-mate Micah Richards to become one of the best defenders in England.
Richards was deservedly a regular in the England team during the tenure of Steve McClaren, with his powerful and athletic displays warranting an international call.
But the 21-year-old's form has since slipped and he has failed to impress McClaren's successor, Fabio Capello, who has guided the Three Lions to the 2010 World Cup.
Toure, a £16million summer arrival from Arsenal, is therefore determined to help fellow City defender Richards back to the peak of his ability.
"It is really important to me that I help him get back," said 28-year-old Toure.
"Micah is a great player and one day will be one of the very best defenders in England.
"He is a great lad, who listens to everything you say. We talk at training about different situations."
Toure added: "Micah is a young player who is learning. When I was 21 I made a lot of mistakes as well."