Former Pompey star Sol Campbell has claimed he would have been England’s captain for more than 10 years had he been born white.
He makes the allegation claims in an authorised biography serialised by the Sunday Times.
‘I believe if I was white, I would have been England captain for more than 10 years - it’s as simple as that’ said Campbell, who appeared 73 times for the national side but skippered England in only three of those matches.
Campbell, who captained Pompey in their 2008 FA Cup win, added: ‘I think the FA wished I was white. I had the credibility, performance-wise, to be captain.
‘I was consistently in the heart of the defence and I was a club captain early in my career.
‘I don’t think it will change because they don’t want it to and probably the majority of fans don’t want it either.
‘It’s alright to have black captains and mixed race in the Under-18s and 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.’
Campbell, who signed for Pompey in 2006, played 95 times for the club during a three-year spell at Fratton Park.