Micah not feeling heat

Defender insists Beckham's snub does not pile pressure on him

Micah Richards: Not feeling pressure from being selected ahead of Beckham

Manchester City defender Micah Richards is adamant there is no added pressure on his shoulders after being chosen for the Great Britain Olympics squad ahead of David Beckham.

Head coach Stuart Pearce controversially omitted the 37-year-old former England captain from his squad, for which he was allowed three over-age picks, the others being Wales duo Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs, who will captain the team.

Richards, however, insists that will not deflect his focus as the group prepares for Friday's friendly with gold medal favourites Brazil.

"No, I don't think there's any extra pressure because of that. You have to deal with pressure every time you play and, although this might be a little more special, I just want to go out and play my normal game," Richards said in the London Evening Standard.

"But I don't think it's really right for me to comment on what happened with David Beckham. That situation was totally down to Stuart Pearce.

"Obviously, when I didn't get selected for the Euros but got picked in the preliminary squad for Team GB I had one eye on coming here.

"Now all I can do is give 100% and show everyone why I am in the squad."


The Team GB football squad arrived in the Athletes Village on Monday, and were given a talk by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes.

Richards, 24, believes the experience is unique, adding: "Being here and being an Olympian - well, you just don't understand how much of a buzz it is.

"It's an outstanding feeling and I would like everyone to come out and give us their full support."