Keys slams Arsenal legend over 'ridiculous' claim

Richard Keys has criticised Sol Campbell over comments he made about the England captaincy.

Pundit and radio presenter Richard Keys has launched into an attack of former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell through his personal blog.

Campbell recently made suggestions that he would have been England captain for a longer period of time if he wasn’t black, which has prompted several furious responses.

Keys has become the latest to criticise Campbell for his comments, suggesting the former centre back only made the comments to create publicity for a book he’s currently trying to sell.

“The general feeling is that Campbell has devalued a very sensitive subject with his ridiculous claim - and undermined a lot of good work that's being done to ensure the genuine issue of racism is discussed and dealt with going forward. Sol. You had a book to sell. Pity you chose to do it like this. You've cheapened yourself and the subject,” he wrote.

Keys has also suggested an unorthodox method when it comes to selecting the England captain, suggesting Roy Hodgson should follow Italy’s example when it comes to naming their skipper.

“John Terry has twice been sacked. Rio Ferdinand appointed and then overlooked. Ashley Cole ignored on the occasion of his 100th cap. Campbell wanted it. Adams did when Shearer had the arm band - just give the armband to the player with the most caps. Like the Italians do. That's it - simple. No more debate,” he added.

It’s a good idea and one which has worked for the Italians but it’s not necessarily the best thing to do with the England side.

One of the cast iron features fans like to see from any England team is that die hard passion and the sort of aggression which makes anyone wearing the three lions a very difficult person to play against.

England lack quality compared to other international sides and rely on their leaders to grab the team by the scruff of the neck to eradicate that quality gap at important times during important games and it’s not something that certain players find easy.

This isn’t the first controversy linked with the England captaincy and it’s unlikely to be the last.

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