England boss McClaren: Man City's Richards can play centre-half

England boss Steve McClaren says he wouldn't hesitate to play Manchester City defender Micah Richards at centre-half.

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Rio Ferdinand's suspension has ruled him out of the double-header, while McClaren has confirmed there will be no last-minute call to check on John Terry's knee injury even if events in Tel Aviv on Saturday throw the Three Lions a Euro 2008 qualification lifeline.

Despite his relative inexperience, McClaren will not rule the 19-year-old out of the position on age grounds.

"I would have no hesitation in playing Micah Richards in central defence," said McClaren.

"We played him there for one half against Germany and he did well and his performances there for Manchester City have been impressive."

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