Ian Wright on Sol Campbell England allegations: I'd rather John Terry

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Arsenal striker has given his thoughts on the former Gunner and Spurs centre-back.

Ian Wright has given his response to Sol Campbell's allegations that he was overlooked for the England captaincy because he was black.

In his autobiography serialised in The Times, he stated: "I believe if I was white I would've 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 a club captain early on my career."

Ian Wright was quizzed on Campbell's claims on BBC Five Live, stating: "Like I say I think he's got the credentials to be captain - for 10 years I'm not sure.

"I don't think he could've been. How many have been for that long for a start?

"He's a very private person. You don't hear very much from him. I'm very surprised he's come out and said for 10 years. To come out and say this I think it's brave for him to say.

"People will instantly say he's playing the race card, it's what people are afraid of as a black player.

"He was good enough to be captain, but there were better candidates.

"He seems angry and bitter, feels harshly treated. What he's said I think there's a lot of flaws."

Pressed who he would rather as captain, Campbell or John Terry, he said he would select the Chelsea man.

"Captains I played under were real vocal players, I'd be more used to those. If they were both up there I'd go for John Terry.

"Sol is quiet goes and does his stuff, great defender. JT gets amongst it. It should come down to whether your the best captain for it."

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