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Richards | "We want to get straight at them"

Defender hoping for fast start against Boro

13 September 2019

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Omar Richards says he hopes to continue his positive start to the campaign by bringing three points on the long drive home from Middlesbrough on Saturday night.

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The young full-back has started every league game for the Royals so far this season, and has put in a series of impressive performances on the left side of defence.

With the test of Jonathan Woodgate's Middlesbrough waiting on Saturday, the 21-year-old hopes to make an impact from the off at the Riverside this weekend.

"It’s been great – we’ve made a decent start and we want to pick up more points," he said. "Personally I feel like I’ve got off to a good start. We want to take that into the next game.

"I expect it to be a physical game. We want to get off to a fast start, and get straight at them – and hopefully get three points at the end."

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The international break was far from a relaxing one for our Academy graduate, after his performances were rewarded with his first-ever call-up to the England setup, representing the Under-21s.

After a hostile qualifying match against Turkey, England followed up their win with another victory against Kosovo at Hull City's KCOM Stadium at the start of the week. 

Even though he remained on the bench for both matches, Richards beamed as he spoke of the pride he felt in pulling on the Three Lions for the very first time.

"It was a great experience – it was my first call-up, which was a proud moment for my family," he said.

"It was good to be away with the boys and pick up two wins to go top of the qualifying group. It was a great experience to be around some quality players.

"I was a bit nervous at first, but it was a proud moment to see my name on an England shirt. It was a really professional environment, especially being around the senior players. You have to show a lot of respect. The quality of the training and the games was high.

"I’ve never played in a game with such a crazy crowd as Turkey! It was really hostile in the stadium. But it gave the game a buzz and it was something new to put under my belt."

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