Man City defender Richards thrilled to be back in England frame
Richards made his England debut six years ago but was ignored during Fabio Capello's reign despite outstanding club form.
He admits he is loving being involved at international level again and he has set his sights on a spot at this summer's European Championships.
The right-back told The Sun: "When I wasn't playing for England it was hard - no matter how good you were at the weekend you knew you weren't going to get a call-up. It feels good to be back."