On the back of a successful start to the season, Micah Ricards has been named in Steve McClaren's senior England squad for the game at Wembley against Germany.
Former City keeper David James has earnt a recall to the set-up along with fellow Portsmouth team mate Sol Campbell.
Speaking at his pre-derby press conference ahead of McClaren naming his squad, former England head coach Eriksson said of Micah: "He’s very strong, and of course I have not seen the England squad for next week, but I think he will be in it.
"He can play right back, centre half and someone told me he was in central midfield early in his career although I’ve not seen him there. He’s exceptional for his age.
"He makes a good pairing with Richard Dunne, and if he makes a mistake he can repair it with his great pace. Most people don’t get the chance to do that, but he can."
The full squad is as follows:
Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur)
David James (Portsmouth)
Scott Carson (Aston Villa on loan)
MICAH RICHARDS (Manchester City)
Wes Brown (Manchester United)
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
John Terry (Chelsea)
Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Sol Campbell (Portsmouth)
Steven Taylor (Newcastle United)
Phil Neville (Everton)
Nicky Shorey (Reading)
David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Joe Cole (Chelsea)
Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea)
Michael Carrick (Manchester United)
Gareth Barry (Aston Villa)
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)
Kieron Dyer (West Ham United)
Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United)
Alan Smith (Newcastle United)
Michael Owen (Newcastle United)
Peter Crouch (Liverpool)
Darren Bent (Tottenham Hotspur)
Andrew Johnson (Everton)
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)