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Ferdinand under pressure from Man City's Richards

Manchester City defender Micah Richards is placing enormous pressure on Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand to keep his place in England boss Steve McClaren's plans.

The Sun says England sources also state McClaren's decision to move the in-form Richards from right-back to central defence in the second half of Wednesday's defeat to Germany was intended as a 'kick up the backside' for Ferdinand.

Rio will not be axed for the Israel game, with Richards staying at right-back.

Yet McClaren's intention was to show there were other options if Ferdinand falls below the accepted standard.

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