Rich: United comes first

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Kieran Richardson insists his main goal this season will be to break into the Manchester United team, despite his recent progress for England.

The midfielder made his debut for his country on their American tour this summer and featured as a second-half substitute during their 1-0 victory against Wales on Saturday.

He is looking like a viable left-sided option for coach Sven Goran Eriksson, in an area England have struggled to find suitable candidates for, but Richardson believes fighting for a place in the Manchester United squad must be his primary goal.

"You have to be playing regular first-team football to really have a chance for England. At the moment I'm not really playing regular club football but it's a long season so I'm hoping that my chances will come," he told MUTV.

"I'd like to be involved because the World Cup is coming up next summer but all I want to do is play for Manchester United at the moment because, if I start playing well for my club, chances with England will follow," he added

The 20-year-old, who went to West Brom on loan last season, has only made two appearances as a substitute so far this season but he is patiently waiting for his chance and insists he will be ready to prove himself when it comes along.

"You've got to be ready in training and make sure you are working hard," he explained.

"That is something I have been doing because when you are called into the team you have got to be ready, and I will be. I'm a midfield player and I prefer playing there, but in pre-season I played at left back and I feel comfortable playing there."