With England having a dearth of right backs and problems at centre back, Richards has the attributes to make the senior squad.
"He needs a continual run of good form at City," Pearce said. "He's a very experienced player for such a young man. While I don't think Micah is the finished article yet, and there's a lot more to come from him, he's been good enough to win  senior caps. So the door's open for him, I'm sure."