Wright believes Zaha should've been asked to work harder for his international debut.
He told The Sun: "I'm pleased for him obviously. He has been doing very well at Crystal Palace and I like to see young players being given a chance.
"However, it seems to me that any English player doing well is jumped upon with a view to giving him a cap.
"It's the same with Sterling. He's had a few good games for Liverpool and now he's in the England squad. I heard Trevor Francis talking the other day and he said that he had played around 200 games in the top flight before he became an England regular. That's 200 games!
"Now players can have a few good matches in the Championship and suddenly they are in the squad. It just highlights the predicament facing Hodgson and the fact we no longer have enough quality English players to select from.
"It means that when it comes to winning England caps these days, the bar is not as high as it used to be."