Jordan Henderson is 'world class' claims Micah Richards
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Micah Richards has been a regular presence during Euro 2020 thanks to his punditry duties on BBC. He was full of praise for England and Manchester City right back Kyle Walker after last night’s victory against Denmark Richards tweeted: “Kyle Walker! Just wow! What a player! Congrats to @England absolutely unbelievable atmosphere at Wembley!!!!!!!!” Richards is well known for his lighthearted approach to football analysis, but he is also robust when disagreeing with his colleagues.
This was seen in April when he debated Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher on the use of VAR in the Champions League.
Manchester City were playing Dortmund, and 17 year old Jude Bellingham had a goal disallowed in controversial fashion.
Discussing the incident on the CBS Champions League show, Richards said: “We’re talking about VAR and how we’re spoiling the game because we’re taking away from the referee managing the game…”
Carragher intervened, saying: “I know why you didn’t want VAR tonight, Jesus Christ! It should be 2-2.
“That’s nonsense. It’s a unique situation, it’s not normal, that doesn’t happen often. How can you not understand this? This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard.
“Right, he goes through and thinks it’s a foul, not a problem… but he knows if he blows that whistle it takes VAR out of the equation… yes?
“We all know what’s going to happen. He will roll the ball in the net and then we can have a look.”
Richards then argued that nowhere it is not in the rule book that a referee must let play continue in order for VAR to intervene.
To which Carragher posed the question: “‘Do you think tonight when he goes back into the room, the people at UEFA or FIFA looking at his performance will say ‘he got that right’?”
After Richards agreed the referee made the wrong call, lead presenter Kate Abdo stepped in, where she loudly told viewers: “Men love to argue, don’t they?”
Bellingham, the player robbed of a goal by the call, gave his view.
He said: “I definitely think I won the ball fairly.
“All I got told is that I’d got booked and it was a free-kick. I had my studs up apparently.
“They’ve got so many cameras and TVs watching but didn’t wait for me to then check it. You’ve got to get on to it.”
Richards has built an unlikely double act with Roy Keane, with a mixture of comical and passionate debate.
Richards has said he can hold his own with Keane despite the 49-year-old’s reputation as a no-nonsense figure.
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Richards added: “Roy’s a legend of the game and when I’m initially going to work with someone I don’t get nervous, I never get nervous – but you’ve got respect for people and that’s the way it should be.
“I’ve seen his clips and he used to destroy people left, right and centre. The first clip that did the rounds was where I said I’d burst on the scene as a defender.
“That’s the one that went viral, and he said he didn’t know any defenders that had burst on the scene.
“I said, ‘Hold on, hold on, I’m the youngest ever defender for England, won the Premier League and won the FA Cup’ and at that moment he was like okay – I earned a little bit of his respect.
“After that I just loved working with him because I can never compete with Roy Keane as a player, or his medals, but I can make him feel uncomfortable on camera, and that’s my strength.”
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