Former England captain Stuart Pearce has admitted he was surprised to hear former team mate Sol Campbell accuse the Three Lions set up of racism, as reported by talkSPORT.

Campbell claimed that he should have been England captain for ten years but because he was black he only managed to lead his country out three times.

The former Arsenal man also said that things will never change because people in the FA and football in general don’t want it to.

Pearce, who has worked closely with the FA for many years, has claimed that it was a very unusual statement to make and that other black players were very successful captains making the statement slightly redundant.

“I find it a very unusual statement but it’s obviously something Sol believes,” Pearce said.

“I wouldn’t believe for one moment he was ever denied the captaincy of England because of the colour of his skin. I find that incredible. Paul Ince was captain of England and that didn’t hold him back in any way, shape or form.

“It’s sad that he thinks that. I personally, in my wildest dreams, wouldn’t believe that would ever hold you back from captaining England in this day and age.”

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