Although the disappointment of missing out on Euro 2012 with England was tempered somewhat by his call-up to the GB side, Richards remains focused on regaining his place in Roy Hodgson's squad.
"If you look at my form last season, when I was playing, I thought I was as good as any English full-back in the league," he said.
"It is hard for the England manager though. He's got a lot of players to choose from and there are players in that position who are also very good - Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker, who got young player of the season.
"Again there's competition but I've always said when I'm fit and playing I believe I'm as good as anyone in the league.
"It's just up the manager to give me a chance and if he does I'll take it with both hands."