Eriksson: No captain pressure

Sven-Goran Eriksson claims to have never been pressured over his captaincy selection during his time as England manager.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson: Selected Sol Campbell on a regular basis throughout his rei

Sven-Goran Eriksson: Selected Sol Campbell on a regular basis throughout his rei

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Former Three Lions defender Sol Campbell has claimed in a book being serialised by the Sunday Times that he would have skippered the side for 'more than 10 years' had he been white.

He was selected on a regular basis for international duty, but saw David Beckham chosen to lead the side and Michael Owen often handed the armband in his absence.

On those decisions, Campbell said: "Owen was a fantastic forward but nowhere near being a captain. It was embarrassing. I kept asking myself, 'What have I done?'

"I've asked myself many times why I wasn't (made captain). I keep coming up with the same answer. It was the colour of my skin."

Eriksson, who led England for much of Campbell's international career, has strenuously denied that the defender was overlooked for anything over than sporting reasons.

The Swede did hand the centre-half the armband on one occasion in 2005 and claims the only reason he was not asked to fill that role more often was due to the calibre of leaders in front of him in the pecking order.

When asked if the Football Association had ever intimated that he should not select Campbell as captain, Eriksson said in the Daily Telegraph: "Not a chance - during my years, not a chance.

"As you know, from my first to my last game, I had David Beckham and there were never, ever any discussions at all in the team or in the FA about the captain."

David Davies, a former executive director of the FA, has also been left 'surprised' by Campbell's claims.

He said: "My belief is (the allegations) are wrong.

"I also have to say I am quite proud, along with a number of people of that era, of setting up Kick It Out in football. Progress was made. I would love to talk to Sol about this upset he has."

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