Skipper: Micah's here to stay
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Terry believes Micah Richards has 'cemented' his place in the England squad.
Micah Richards's impressive England debut has given Steve McClaren considerable food for thought, according to captain John Terry.
The Manchester City starlet became his country's youngest ever defender in Wednesday's friendly draw with Holland, and gave a composed display as he stood in for injured right-back Gary Neville.
Richards' performance has been praised from all corners and now Three Lions skipper Terry has joined the chorus by hailing the 18-year-old for his mature performance against Marco van Basten's outfit.
Indeed, Chelsea star Terry believes McClaren now has a real conundrum on his hands when Neville returns from fitness.
"Micah did fantastically well. He looked as if he had been playing there for two or three years and full credit to him for that," said Terry.
"He has been playing very well for Manchester City but, coming into the England side, there was a lot of pressure on the young lad but he did excellently.
"When these young players come into the squad now, they are so confident and in a nice way, not an arrogant way.
"He is confident in his own ability and he showed that.
"He has created a problem for the boss now. He has cemented his place. He will certainly be in and around the next squad."
Terry also praised Richards for the way in which he marshalled Chelsea winger Arjen Robben at the Amsterdam ArenA.
"One on one defensively, I don't think anyone got past him," Terry added.
"He was also very calm on the ball, didn't really give the ball away, won his headers and against two of the most fantastic wingers in the world, to see Micah coming out on top is very pleasing.
"Robben is a very difficult player to mark but didn't really get around Micah at all. He was different class.
"It is exciting when someone like Micah comes in and does so well.
"It must give other players watching the confidence that they can reach that target and, if they are playing well, they will get their chance."
Richards only became a first team regular at Eastlands in February, and his meteoric progression has also impressed England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
"Micah did very well. It was not an easy game to come into for your first game and he coped exceptionally well. It looked as if he had been there for a while," said Robinson.
"He did not look nervous beforehand. He was as cool as a cucumber to be honest with you.
"He took all the lads advice onboard before kick-off, went out there and did a very good job.
"It is only a few months since his debut for Manchester City and to come in and not look out of place in a game like that against a top side is great credit to him."