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Sol: Could have 'easily' captained England more times

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.

FA charge Nicolas Anelka over controversial gesture

The FA has said it has charged Nicolas Anelka over a controversial gesture during the West Ham United versus West Bromwich match in December.

The FA said it is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.

Anelka has until 6pm on 23 January 2014 to respond to the charge.

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Kick It Out launch app for fans to report abuse

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.

The new app will work as a supplement to the current ways to report abuse: email and telephone. Credit: Kick It Out/ The FA

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".

England kit's striking resemblance to retro Germany top

The thick black collar and clean design of the newly-unveiled England football shirt has seen it quickly likened to the vintage West Germany strip from the 1970s.

England's 2013 strip bears several similarities to that worn by West Germany's Gerd Muller and his teammates in 1974. Credit: Twitter/@JackWilshere and Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

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Oxlade-Chamberlain 'loving' new England home kit

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said he was "loving" the new England kit after teammate Jack Wilshere unveiled it on Twitter.

FA chairman: Ferguson is 'greatest of modern era'

FA chief David Bernstein said Ferguson's achievements were "truly remarkable". Credit: PA

FA chairman David Bernstein paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson's 27-year reign at Old Trafford.

He said: “Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievements are truly remarkable – he is genuinely one of the greatest managers of all time and certainly of the modern era.

“His contribution to English football has been outstanding in every regard and, in The FA’s 150th year, it is something that should be celebrated.

“On behalf of The FA I’d like to wish him a happy and healthy retirement.”

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