Richards tells of friendly rivalry between Team GB's men and women

The Manchester City defender believes both sides can help spur each onto Olympic glory at London 2012 after safely making it through the group stages

Team GB defender Micah Richards has revealed the competitive nature currently at play between both the men's and women's football teams at this summer's Olympic Games.

The 24-year-old believes the rivalry has helped both sides spur each other on as they bid to keep their medal hopes alive during their upcoming quarter-final fixtures.

And to stoke the fires further, Daniel Sturrdge has been taunting women’s centre-back Eniola Aluko as to how far each team can progress.

“[Sturridge] has been texting her [Aluko] saying, ‘Whatever you can do, we can do better.’ We’re all in on it," Richards is quoted as saying by The Sun.

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“The women’s team have been together a long time and you can see that from the way they have gelled.

“It looks like they are going to be winners, but there is no reason why we can’t win our next game as well. We have bonded well and are fighting for each other."

Stuart Pearce's men's side face South Korea on Saturday in the knockout rounds, meanwhile Hope Powell's team will line-up against Canada on Friday.