Former Arsenal FC defender Sol Campbell believes he would have Captained England for a longer time had he been “white”.
While the English FA strives to fight against racism in English football, one of their former player has blamed the FA to be racist at it roots. Sol Campbell has made some stinging revelations in this authorised biography and has questioned the football board’s decision to appoint Michael Owen as the captain of the England national team back in 2002.
The former Arsenal defender, who was part of the famous invincible squad under Arsene Wenger and one of key member in that famous Arsenal defence has questioned FA’s policy of choosing captain for the national team. The 39-year-old, who announced his retirement from the game back in 2012, made 73 appearances for the national side from 1996 till 2007 and produced some memorable performances for the Three Lions alongside Gareth Southgate, Tony Adams and Rio Ferdinand. His best arrived in the 2002 World Cup when he was selected in the All-Star Team as England progressed to the quarter finals of the tournament.
Campbell that he could have captained the England side for over a decade had he been “white” and revealed that the FA still considers it as a taboo to provide the arm band to black/mixed-race footballers.
“I believe if I was white, I would have been England captain for more than 10 years. It’s as simple as that.
“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 club captain early on 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 all right 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.” – The former Arsenal defender said.
Campbell was initially handed over the captaincy in 1998, when he became the youngest England captain since Bobby Moore, but he was replaced by Michael Owen in 2002. Campbell has now questioned this decision and insisted that the former Liverpool striker didn’t deserve the armband.
“Michael Owen was made captain ahead of me. I thought, ‘What is 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. It was embarrassing.
“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.
“What’s the point of having a bridge you can’t access? I say, burn it, and build a new one so you can cross over. If I’m wrong, then I’m listening.” – Campbell insisted.
There is yet to be any reaction from either FA or Michael Owen regarding these allegations, but we surely haven’t heard the last of this issue.