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Man City boss Eriksson: Richards will keep feet on ground

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed he spoke with England boss Steve McClaren about playing Micah Richards at centre-half this season.

"I spoke to Steve because I didn't want Micah to lose his place in the national team," said Eriksson.

"Steve was quite confident about that, so it doesn't matter where he plays because I asked Micah as well and he told me he couldn't care less."

After his man-of-the-match display against Manchester United last week, Richards produced another memorable performance in the defeat to Germany.

And, whether it is his preferred position or not, the City academy graduate will provide stiff competition for Gary Neville once the Manchester United skipper returns from his current calf injury.

"I am not sure if it is a selection problem for Steve but if it is, it is a good one to have," remarked Eriksson, who remains confident the defender will not get carried away by all the current adulation.

"He is a good boy, not only on the pitch but in the dressing room as well," he added.

"It is in his character to laugh, which is good to see, so I don't think I need to tell him to keep his feet on the ground."

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