Micah Richards had to borrow Steven Gerrard’s boots for first England session

Micah Richards has admitted that he had to rely on Steven Gerrard during his first training session for England as he had bought four left-footed boots and needed a spare pair.

The former Manchester City defender said that, ahead of his first-ever time with the Three Lions, he had to ask Gerrard if he had another pair of boots going as he bought the wrong ones.

In his Daily Mail column about the temperament of the new Aston Villa manager, Richards wrote: “I was blessed to call Steven a team-mate when I was with England, so I got an insight into what makes him tick.

"The thing that will never leave me is how he saved me ahead of my first training session by letting me use a pair of his boots.

"Stevie was staying in the room opposite me. I had rifled through my bag and realised I only had four left boots. I knocked on his door in a panic and asked him if he had any spare: ‘No problem mate, don’t worry — here you go.’ My first England training session in Steven Gerrard’s boots… wow!"

The 33-year-old pundit continued: “That told me one big thing: Stevie was a superstar but he had that emotional side, an understanding and determination to look after people.

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"There really is no edge to him but I was taken aback by how humble he was — he actually made me feel shy because I didn’t believe I belonged in his company.”

It’s not clear when this particular session took place but Richards received his first call-up in November 2006, for a friendly against the Netherlands despite playing only 28 professional club matches for Man City.

The defender only made 13 outings at national level but resigned as a superb player at club level for both the Citizens, playing 245 games. However, in his latter stages at Aston Villa, he struggled to find similar form and played just 31 games across four seasons, and not featuring at all in half of those campaigns.

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