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Eriksson rejects Campbell's England race claims

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has emphatically denied Sol Campbell's claim in his autobiography that he was denied the national team captaincy because of his race.

Sven-Goran Eriksson selected Sol Campbell 32 times during his five-year reign with England. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive

The retired centre-back, who played 73 times for the Three Lions, said he would have been skipper for "more than 10 years" had he been white, while claiming the FA is "institutionally racist", in passages serialised by The Sunday Times.

Eriksson told The Daily Telegraph there was "not a chance" of Campbell gaining the armband, but only because David Beckham was his fixed choice.

The Swede said there were "never ever any discussions at all in the team or in the FA" about Campbell replacing Beckham as captain during his tenure.

Eriksson among early favourites for Cardiff City job

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is among the early favourites to replace Malky Mackay as Cardiff City manager.

The popular Scot was sacked by owner Vincent Tan today after an acrimonious final few weeks in charge.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is believed to be in the running. Credit: PA Wire

Ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Yilmaz Vural, Dave Jones and Craig Bellamy are also rumoured to be in the running.

For more on the race to succeed Malky Mackay, visit ITV Football