Former England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell told Daybreak he could have "easily" captained his country more than three times during his career.
The retired centre-back played 73 times for the Three Lions and said in his new biography he would have been skipper for "more than 10 years" if he had been white.
He also claimed the FA was "institutionally racist", an accusation that was strenuously denied by former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce who said he did not believe skin colour would stop a player becoming captain.
The FA declined to comment on Campbell's comments.
Campbell told Daybreak: "Over the 10 years I could've easily captained more than three times, with the ability I had."
The retired footballer also said he wishes he could "help" his former team Arsenal, who have hit a spell of bad form in the league, and admitted that he keeps fit by doing spinning classes.
Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out have launched a new mobile app for fans and players to report racist or homophobic abuse.
The app allows people to report abuse directly and anonymously, as soon as it occurs.
Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley said the app will work as a tool to help clubs take responsibility for abuse that happens on their grounds:
"This new tool will help clubs and the authorities target instances of discriminatory behaviour more consistently while maintaining healthy and vocal rivalries at games.
"Clubs need to show they are being much more inclusive and reaching out to fans to show they are embracing everyone, and taking the responsibility for educating everyone - players, supporters and employees.
"If an incident does happen then clubs need to take responsibility and not blame someone else".