The former Arsenal midfielder earned 107 caps for France, helping his national team to win both the World Cup and European Championship.
However, the 36-year-old does not believe that international football is as highly regarded by players in the modern game.
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"I don’t know. I think it’s maybe the lack of FA ‘power’, I would say. I do not understand.
"Maybe this is a lack of love for the national team as well. When I grew up in France, I wanted to play for the French national team. That was my target, my dream.
"I don’t think this is the same for the under-16s, under-18s in England. I don’t think the young players are dreaming of playing for the national team any more.
"I don’t know the answer but, from the outside, I believe that in England they are not as proud as they are used to be. We are talking about the national team - that is bigger than anything else."
The Frenchman also insisted his love of playing for France did not come at the detriment of his club side, saying: "We are talking about the national team and that was something I was really proud to play for.
“That does not mean that I loved Arsenal less."