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.
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.
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka has been charged following an incident in their game with West Ham Utd: http://t.co/wju3hdM8oc
Anelka has until 6pm on 23 January 2014 to respond to the charge.
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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".
More: Download the app here
The Football Association has unveiled a new 10 acre maze near St George's Park as part of its 150th anniversary celebration.
The FA-themed maze, which is seven feet tall, is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors during the summer.
For years England have wanted to replicate Germany's World Cup successes and now it seems they even want to copy their kit.Read the full story ›
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.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said he was "loving" the new England kit after teammate Jack Wilshere unveiled it on Twitter.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has tweeted a picture of England's new home kit.
From next season the FA will punish serious discriminatory behaviour with a minimum five match ban.
A second offence will start at a minimum 10 match sanction.
The FA may also charge clubs if two players are sanctioned for discriminatory behaviour in a 12 month period.