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Eriksson rejects Campbell's England captaincy claims

Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has refuted Sol Campbell's claims of being overlooked for the captaincy due to his skin colour.

Former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Campbell made the explosive allegation in his authorised biography, accusing the Football Association of being institutionally racist and claiming he would have held the armband for "more than 10 years" had he been white.

But Eriksson insisted the FA put no pressure whatsoever on him not to select the defender as captain.

"Not a chance - during my years, not a chance," the Swede told the Telegraph. "As you know, from my first to my last game, I had David Beckham [as captain] and there were never, ever any discussions at all in the team or in the FA about the captain."

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