England coach Fabio Capello has defended his decision not to select Manchester City defender Micah Richards this week. In Vincent Kompany's absence, he skippered City to victory at QPR last weekend, yet once again he has been overlooked in favour of Kyle Walker and Glen Johnson, who returns after injury.

"He was with me against Montenegro," Capello pointed out.

"Now Glen Johnson is playing well and I have followed Kyle Walker for the last three games. He is in good form.

"I can only select two right-backs. He (Richards) was in the provisional squad but I decided on these two."