Vieira won the World Cup with France in 1998 and currently resides at Manchester City as their Football Development Executive.
He has also questioned the desire and commitment of English players to the national team, with regard to the high number of talented players who pull out of the squad through ‘minor’ injuries.
"For a big country like England, with the number of kids who love the game, you don't produce enough talent," Vieira claimed,
"I strongly believe one of the reasons is the coaches. They need to review how to coach the kids from eight-years-old to 21."
The Frenchman also questioned the patriotism of the English and cited a lack there of as a possible problem for the future of English football.
“From the outside I believe that in England they are not as proud as they used to be. In England, I really don't understand how come so many young players from the age of 16 to 21 pull out of the national team through injury."
His comments came in relation to the FA’s unveiling of St George’s Park – a brand new state-of-the-art training facility which Vieira was quick to point to as a marked progression for the FA.
“Finally they did something, because if you look at all the big nations, they all have their own 'house'. It's taken them a long time for them to realise they need a place. But it's better late than never. The people running the English game realised they are far behind other countries, that something is wrong in the system, and they are trying to make it work."
Whilst the FA are keen to celebrate the opening of the training centre, it also marks a change in English football – a change that may see future generations inspired to win a World Cup.