Sport Micah Richards admits he is savouring the good times having gone through the bad in 2007 when Manchester City didn't score in eight matches

Richards was part of the side that went eight matches without scoring back in 2007 and admits he can't believe his eyes when he looks around at his teammates

Gareth Southgate

England Under-21s: Gareth Southgate backs young guns' quality

England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate is impressed by the progress being made by young homegrown talent and says they are proving the doubters wrong ahead of Thursday night's European Championship qualifier in San Marino.

Richards: Two caps in five years

Manchester City defender Micah Richards vows he will not beg to play for England

The 25-year-old refused to be a standby player during Euro 2012

Southgate: ‘Learn to win a certain way to be of use to the seniors’

New Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate favours style over results for England's next generation

Southgate is preparing for his first game

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate to be considered as Roy Hodgson's successor if he excels with England Under-21s

FA technical director Dan Ashworth says former defender will be in the frame

Gareth Southgate, left, admits he faces a real challenge in his new role

Gareth Southgate names Wilfried Zaha in first England Under-21 squad

The Gareth Southgate era began for England's Under-21 side as the new head coach called up Southampton's James Ward-Prowse and the Tottenham defender Zeki Fryers for the European Championship qualifiers against Moldova and Finland next month.

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate appointed successor to Stuart Pearce as England Under-21s manager

The FA confirm the former Middlesbrough manager as their man

Roy Hodgson talks to the Under 21s

England Under-21 players will soon be in contention for senior side, says Roy Hodgson following 6-0 win over Scotland

The England manager took charge of the age-restricted side

Nathan Redmond beats Jordan Archer to score the first of England Under-21s’ six goals against Scotland at Bramall Lane

England Under-21s 6 Scotland Under-21s 0 match report: Record-breaking kids cut loose under Roy Hodgson

Italy, Norway, Israel, Iraq, Chile and Egypt. The combined might of England's Under-21 and Under-20 teams failed to muster a single victory against that cluster of teams on the European and world stage this summer, but it seems they can always rely on Scotland.

Andre Wisdom: Defender said U21s still have not got over their poor showing at the Euro finals

England Under-21s eager to shake off flops tag against Scotland

After a summer that raised some awkward questions about the health of the young English footballer, the Under-21s are back in action tonight against Scotland in a friendly at Bramall Lane.

Raheem Sterling has not completed 90 minutes since December

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling arrested on charge of assault

18-year-old has denied the charge after appearing in court earlier today having spent the night in a police cell

Wilfried Zaha made his England debut in Sweden on Wednesday

Roy Hodgson set to name Wayne Rooney in England squad despite striker's row with Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha will also be included, while Andy Carroll is injured and there are doubts over Jermain Defoe's fitness

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate keen for return to football amid speculation over England Under-21 role

The former Middlesbrough manager is the favourite to replace Stuart Pearce

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate emerges as early favourite to replace Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager

The former Middlesbrough manager has a long-standing interest in youth football

Glenn Hoddle believes changes need to be made should he take up a role with the England Under-21's

Glenn Hoddle not interested in England Under-21s role unless changes are made to selection policy

Hoddle believes the FA need to allow best players to go to major tournaments if he is to have any interest should Stuart Pearce leave

Glenn Hoddle

Harry Redknapp gives backing to Glenn Hoddle to succeed Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 coach

The Young Lions endured a disastrous European Championships

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