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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 March 2008, 17:02 GMT
Micah Richards column
Micah Richards
By Micah Richards
Manchester City and England defender

BBC Sport columnist Micah Richards, 19, is recuperating after undergoing an operation on damaged cartilage in his right knee at the end of February.

The Manchester City and England defender is out of action for another month and used some of his spare time to answer questions from 606 users.

Hi Micah, do you have a dream team set up online or in a newspaper and, if so, have you chosen yourself?
Tfeo: Aueho

Of course I have! I have got to choose myself haven't I? I'm in a league with seven of my mates from Leeds. We only started it this season, I'm not sure how many points I've got but I'm doing all right and am second in the table.

Micah Richards watches Richard Dunne challenge Andriy Shevchenko
Playing with "Dunney" week in, week out has improved me massively. He is so under-rated but the pundits are starting to realise what he is all about

Dear Micah, say you woke up one day and a genie was in your room and he gave you three wishes. What would they be?
The Ghost of Winston Bogarde

Good question! My first wish would be to be with the pop star and actress Christina Milian, the second would be to score the winner in the World Cup final for England and the third would be to rid the world of poverty.

Do you still suffer from Compartment Syndrome in your calves or did an operation permanently sort it out? Does flying still affect it due to the changes in pressure during the flight?

No, it's all gone now. I do not feel it anymore and I have got Andy Williams, who also did the operation on my knee cartilage in February, to thank for that. He is a brilliant surgeon who has done well for me and hopefully it will be the same with my knee as well.

Hey Micah, I am playing against your dad's team, Chapeltown Brazil, on Sunday. I just wondered if you had any inside knowledge on how we could get one over them?

They have got a very good team at the moment. I was back in Leeds at the weekend because it was my Mum's birthday and I went to watch them win 6-1 to go top of the league.

To break them down you would have to work very hard in midfield because the two midfielders are good players - one of them used to be on trial at Manchester City.

How do you get psyched up for matches? Do you have any pre-match rituals? Who is the best player you have played against?

Before matches I have to do things in a certain way. I have to go to bed at 11 o'clock the night before. If I don't then I don't feel prepared for the game.

In the morning I don't like to get up and have breakfast - I like to have as much sleep as I can, then just have my pre-match meal as my only food before the game.

All the lads will be down for breakfast but that is one thing I don't do - I never go for breakfast. I just stay in bed.

In the dressing room, a bit of music helps us get going. Joe Hart is in charge of that now and puts a bit of old-school garage on.

As for pre-match rituals, I don't know why but I always put my left shin-pad on first.

For the best player, I can narrow it down to two - Steven Gerrard is the complete player but I played against Thierry Henry when he was at his peak as well - it has to be between those two.

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon
I did know Aaron Lennon when I was younger. But he was a year above me so I never played against him

Micah, you have played with and under two great defenders, Richard Dunne and Stuart Pearce. Which has had the biggest impact on you as a player?

Stuart Pearce gave me my chance at 17 and for any manager to do that is amazing. He was always giving me tips and telling me what position I was in too.

But I would say it was equal because playing with 'Dunney' week in, week out has improved me massively as a player. He is so under-rated but the pundits are starting to realise what he is all about.

We are both in the treatment room at the moment and having a bit of banter but I don't think his injury is too bad - he has just got a bad cut. You know what the skipper is like, he will play through anything.

Hi Micah, what is your ultimate aim in the game? 100 caps, to play until you are 35, play on the continent, win Champions League or Premier League medals? At what point would you be satisfied?

I will never be satisfied. I want to win things and be remembered as one of the best defenders ever to play for England. I don't ever want to just dwell on what I have done so far.

Speaking of Gerrard, he gets better every year. That is the example I want to follow - he is the perfect role model for the professional I want to be.

Who would be your ideal players to partner you in defence (not including your current team-mates)?
maverick 3596

Where am I in this - right-back or centre-back? If it is up to me then I will go at right-back and have Rio (Ferdinand) and JT (John Terry) in the middle - obviously I can't pick 'Dunney'. The left-back would be Patrice Evra, he is an amazing player.

Hi Micah, I'm from Halton Moor in Leeds. As a youth player and a junior, was there any contact from your local team Leeds United? Did you know Aaron Lennon or his brother Anthony when you were younger?

I did know Aaron when I was younger. He was a year above me so I never played against him or Anthony, who is a couple of years older, and who was at Leeds too. Yes, I was at Leeds when I was about eight but I got released. I was a striker then though.

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