Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell has attacked the Football Association as "institutionally racist", claiming he would have received the England captaincy for more than 10 years had he been white.
In extracts from his new biography, serialised in the Sunday Times (£), the former Arsenal and Tottenham defender said: “I think the FA wished I was white. I had the credibility, performance-wise, to be captain.
"I don’t think it will change because they don’t want it to, and probably the majority of fans don’t want it, either [...] There is a ceiling and although no one has ever said it, I believe it’s made of glass.
"Michael Owen was made a captain ahead of me. I thought: 'What is going on here?' I think the FA didn't want me to have a voice [...] it was embarrassing. I've asked myself many times why I wasn't [captain]. I keep coming up with the same answer. It was the colour of my skin."
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is thought to have been questioned by police over allegations the car he was driving hit a photographer.
The alleged incident occurred on Friday night in Highgate, north London.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 7.18pm on Friday 21 February to reports of an alleged collision between a vehicle and a member of the public in Sheldon Avenue N6.
"The member of the public, a man in his 30s, sustained minor injuries.
"Officers have spoken to the driver of the vehicle."
The spokesman said inquiries were continuing and no arrests have been made.
German international Ozil joined Arsenal for a club-record fee of £42.5 million from Real Madrid last September.
The England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he has spoken to Theo Walcott after the Arsenal forward was ruled out for at least six months with a knee injury, meaning he will miss the World Cup in Brazil.