Franz Beckenbauer feels there are some merits in the Premier League's proposal for an 'international round' but has warned against "cockiness".
The German, who is a FIFA executive committee member, said England's bid for the 2018 World Cup will not have a chance unless they go "hand-in-hand" with the world governing body.
Beckenbauer, speaking in St Petersburg at the Laureus sports awards, said: "If FIFA is against this idea to put Premier League games outside the country, I wouldn't do it.
"The decision on who gets the World Cup 2018 will happen very soon and England are one of the favourites. At this time I wouldn't be so cocky to go against FIFA.
"In this period if you want to be the World Cup host you have to get hand-in-hand with FIFA - otherwise you don't get the chance."
Beckenbauer believes, however, it is a good idea to export football - and even suggested playing the FA Cup final in China.
He added: "It's a good idea that with important games such as the FA Cup final, instead of playing at Wembley play it in Beijing or in Shanghai or wherever.
"I think it's a good idea from the clubs. I realise the comment of the FIFA president - he doesn't like it so much.
"He realises these games disturb the market but it is great promotion for important games in the Premier League being played outside the country.
"It's a good idea to export your football but practically I don't know."