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Boa Morte expects tough weekend

last updated Friday 17th November 2006, 8:47 AM
Luis Boa Morte
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MICAH RICHARDS’S exciting emergence for England on Wednesday night has confirmed what Luis Boa Morte has become convinced of for some time now — that the Manchester City defender is one of the brightest young prospects in the game and fits the prototype for the modern Premiership footballer: young, powerful, fast and an all-round athlete.

Boa Morte, the Fulham captain, will come face to face with Richards tomorrow at the City of Manchester Stadium. “Richards did well on Wednesday,” the Fulham winger said. “He’s quick and strong and, when you start playing in the Premiership at 18 years old, you have a bright future in front of you.

“Now he just needs to keep his feet on the ground and be professional for his country and his club. And yes, depending on how he progresses, he could be in contention for that right-back slot for England for the next 10-12 years. He has the ability to play centre half and can pop up and score a goal as well, which is good for him. It will be interesting [to face him] on Saturday.”

Boa Morte also believes that Liam Rosenior, the Fulham defender, can emulate Richards’s achievement and break into the England squad this season, giving Steve McClaren, the head coach, further strength and options at full back.

“Liam has been playing well but there's tough competition in the England squad,” Boa Morte said. “But Liam has played for the under-21s and has the ability and temperament to play for the full side.”





Source Frank Wiechula at The Guardian
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