Richards remains on the periphery of the England scene.
"Well, it was one of those where Stuart Pearce asked me to go to the Olympics and not go on stand-by," Richards is quoted in The Independent.
"If I went on stand-by I might not have made the Olympics and that was one of the highlights of my career.
"I'm not going to beg for him [Hodgson] to pick me. I'm not some sort of charity case. If he needs me I will be there because everyone wants to play for their country.
"I always take it as it comes. I have not been involved for two years. Stuart Pearce gave me a game when he got it. I want to play for my country and I would be happy if I did."
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