England U21 boss Stuart Pearce believes Manchester City defender Micah Richards can still make Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.

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 [11] senior caps. So the door's open for him, I'm sure."