Micky Gray told talkSPORT that the young generation of footballers caused him to quit the game, as they believed they had made it as a star after just one match.
His comments come after Raheem Sterling flaunted his wealth on social media, showing off a flash house just days after England were humiliated at Euro 2016, losing to Iceland to fall out of the competition at the Round of 16 stage.
Manchester City youngster Sterling has come under scrutiny since bursting onto the scene with Liverpool, being caught allegedly smoking a shisha pipe and inhaling nitrous oxide.
Taken alongside some abject performances, many believe the 21-year-old cares more about his personal life than game of football, and Gray has revealed that he quit after coming into contact with similar players.
Speaking to Colin Murray, the former England international said: “I got to Sheffield Wednesday, my last club, and I saw the biggest change I’d ever seen. From being a youngster, coming through as a professional at some great clubs, I went to Sheffield Wednesday and I’d never seen anything like it in my life. It made me quit.
“What I saw was youngsters coming through into the first-team, and [doing] exactly the same thing [as Sterling]. Sat in the changing room with headphones on, dancing around to his own music, in his own head, and then playing a football match.
“That was it; in one game and you’ve made it.”
Whilst it could just be considered a phase which modern football is going through, and that will soon end, Gray actually believes this state is only going to get worse.
“It’s not the manager’s fault,” Gray added. “I just think we’re mentally weak, and the weakness comes from generation after generation – and it’s going to get worse.
“If anyone thinks we’re going to get better, we’re not going to get better.”