Man City defender Richards explains rejecting England standby list

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has explained refusing to be on England's standby list for the Euros.

Richards was given the option of being on England's stand-by list but turned down the offer – a decision which brought widespread criticism.

But Richards explained: "Once I wasn't in the Euro squad I thought there was a chance of me being in the Team GB squad.

"I was told if you are part of the England squad then you couldn't play in the Olympics. And I decided I wanted to be selected for Team GB.

"I didn't say I didn't want to play for England or anything like that. I just said I wanted to play for Team GB."

He added: "It was very disappointing for me not to make the Euro squad, especially after winning the Premier League.

"But that's what football is about, you can't dwell on the past – you just have to move forward. Now it's all about Team GB.

"It was down to the manager. Football is based on opinions, and all I can do is look at my own form, and my form last season was very good.

"I played in 40-odd games in a Premier League winning team – I would have thought that would have been enough, but it wasn't. In football, there's always ups and downs – you have to take them."

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