Richards delighted for Man City pal Sturridge
"We've been playing together for four or five years and he's always been touted as the best," said Richards.
"For me he is the best striker I have ever seen that age. He's not the type to get big-headed. "There are a lot of boys the best for their age at 18 or 19 but by the time they're 23 or 24 they fall away. I don't think he's the type to do that. He's sheer class."