Paul Ince has dismissed Sol Campbell's claims of institutional racism at the Football Association, saying that no-one could captain England for 10 years.
In a new authorised biography serialised in the Sunday Times, Campbell stated that he was denied the opportunity to permanently skipper his country for a decade because of the colour of his skin.
However, Ince, who became the first black player to captain England in a friendly against the USA in June 1993, believes his former international team-mate's comments are wide of the mark.
"Sol has every right to his view and we all have opinions, but in my experience I just didn't see it," Ince told the Daily Mail.
"I was an England player, an England captain, I didn't think about it.
"I have no reason to believe they are racist - who are we talking about? I loved people like [ex-FA executive director] David Davies and I just never encountered it.
"I didn't deal with the FA often enough, but there was never any issue over my skin colour with my team-mates or people I came across within the organisation."
Ince also feels Campbell's claim that he could have held the England captaincy for 10 years is unrealistic.
"There's been me, [Tony] Adams, [Stuart] Pearce, [David] Seaman, [Alan] Shearer, [John] Terry, [Rio] Ferdinand - that's a lot of big names with a lot of big egos," he added.
"Sol's a clever, articulate man and he's a friend of mine but he wouldn't have been England captain for 10 years - nobody is."