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Pearce: World Cup opening there for Man City defender Richards

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."

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