Former-England centre-back Sol Campbell has claimed that the FA are racist and that if he was white, he would have been England captain for at least 10-years.
The recently-retired defender has made the astonishing claim in his new book, which will be released later this month.
During his career, Campbell made 73 appearances for his country, but was never captain as that role was given to striker Michael Owen, and the former-Arsenal, Tottenham and Portsmouth defender has put that down to the colour of his skin.
Campbell said: ‘I believe that if I was white I would have been England captain for 10 years.
‘I don’t think it [the situation] will change because they don’t want it. It’s all right to have a black or mixed race captain of the Under 18s or Under 21s but not for the full national side.
‘There is a ceiling and, although no one has ever said it, I believe it’s made of glass.
‘Michael Owen was made captain ahead of me and I thought, “What’s going on here?” I think the FA didn’t want me to have a voice.
‘Owen was a fantastic forward but nowhere near being a captain. I’ve asked myself many times why I wasn’t [named captain]. I keep coming up with the same answer. It was the colour of my skin.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles