Ex-England footballer Sol Campbell makes bid to be Mayor of London

Morcambe's Jim Bentley and Notts County's Sol Campbell get to grips during a League Two game in 2009. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2009. See PA Story SOCCER Morecambe. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
Morcambe's Jim Bentley and Notts County's Sol Campbell get to grips during a League Two game in 2009. Picture date: Saturday September 19, 2009. See PA Story SOCCER Morecambe. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

Former England footballer Sol Campbell wants to run for Mayor of London.

The ex-Tottenham and Arsenal defender, who once infamously played against Morecambe FC, says he wants to succeed Boris Johnson when he steps down in 2016.

Campbell, 40, will take part in a Hustings event for the Conservative nomination for the mayoralty of the capital on July 4.

He said: “I’m going in with my eyes wide open. I know I’m not going to be a frontrunner.”

Campbell won 73 caps for England and represented his country in six consecutive major tournaments, including three World Cups. He also scored in the Champions League final in 2006 when Arsenal lost to Barcelona and won two Premier League winners’ medals.

In 2009 Campbell caused a stir when he walked out on League Two side Notts County after one match for the club, a 2-1 defeat to Morecambe at Christie Park.