Sylvain Distin insisted he has no regrets that he has never earned international recognition with France.
The Everton defender was named Player of the Year and appointed club captain during his time at Manchester City, was an FA Cup winner with Portsmouth and made his 400th Premier League appearance in his fourth season at Goodison Park.
But while a succession of France managers have turned to other central defenders, Distin said he is happy with what he has achieved in football.
"People ask me sometimes if I've got regrets regarding me not playing for France and I don't because look where I've got now," he told Everton's official website.
"I'm 35, I'm in a great club, I enjoy my football, I'm fit, I feel good, there is a great atmosphere where I am; why should I regret?
"There is not much for me to regret. I don't see why there is reason to regret the past, what is it going to change?
"Maybe if I'd played for France I wouldn't be here, I'd be at another club, I wouldn't enjoy it, maybe I wouldn't be so down to earth, maybe I'd have a big ego.
"That's why I feel like there is nothing for me to regret. I'm really happy with what I've got and I'm really happy with what I've done and if I had to do it all again, I'd do it exactly the same way."