Maxime Colin believes he can take heart from ex-team mate N’Golo Kante’s meteoric rise to the French national team.
The pair played alongside one another at French side Boulogne, before Colin moved onto Ligue 1 side Troyes in 2012.
Kante stayed at Boulogne for another season, becoming an ever present before moving onto Caen and then eventually Leicester City in 2015.
And Colin is happy for his ex-team mate, adding that his story is proof that things happen very quickly in football.
He said: “He was really far from this level (international) two or three years ago.
“In football everything is really quick - when I was playing in Boulogne he never played because they didn’t really believe in him.
“He is the same age like me, he's 24, so it's proof that in football everything can be really fast so I'm happy for him because he's a really good guy and deserves it.”
The 24-year-old also believes that Kante has had the benefit of being in a strong Leicester side, and insists he must focus on Brentford and aim for the Premier League if he was to have a chance of playing for France.
He added: “He also plays for Leicester and Leicester are really good this year so he has the benefit of this also.
“When you see people you were with before and you see them going to the French team you say ‘why not’ but for the moment we are far from this, we need to be focused on Brentford and to stay in the Championship.
“I need to go into the Premier League first if I want to play for France but at the moment playing in the Championship is not enough to play for the French side.”