It was reported that the French legend had urged the players to challenge coach Raymond Domenech’s authority.
“Thinking that I can call the players to put pressure on the coach four years after I have retired is serious,” said Zidane.
“I never had a problem with [Domenech] but I never had a good feeling for him.
“I respected his instructions. As captain, I was talking, but he was the coach and I respected the rules.
“I never gave my opinion on the composition of the team. I have always respected the rules.”