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No More England? Wilfried Zaha wants to play for the Ivory Coast

Wilfried Zaha is serious on switching national teams from England to Ivory Coast.

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“It’s 50-50 because I was born in Ivory Coast but all I know is England. When the time comes, I’ll make a choice. For now, I just want to reach the top,” this was a comment from Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha in 2012.

The mouth was saying something, but the attitude towards international football was heading only one way; to play for England.

Zaha was the next big thing then. The same hype surrounding England player Raheem Sterling made waves concerning Zaha’s capabilities.

Everybody wanted a piece of him so much that at a point, he was dubbed the new Ronaldo.

Looking at the odds, which player wouldn’t thing he could be the next big thing that happened to the England national team at the time.

Wilfried Zaha thought that too but things didn’t go quite as planned.

At the back of just two friendly games (Sweden in 2012 and Scotland in 2013), Wilfried Zaha is giving some serious consideration to returning to Africa to play for the Ivory Coast as far as international football is concerned.

The player has not played a competitive senior fixture for England and is therefore eligible to play for African Cup of Nations Champions Ivory Coast.

Born in Ivory Coast, Wilfried Zaha and his family moved to England when he was four years old. He grew up in Croydon before joining Crystal Palace at an early age.

Zaha joined Manchester United in 2013 but didn’t quite make it at Old Trafford before returning to Crystal Palace.

Despite a switch of national teams very possible, Wilfried Zaha can’t make it in time to play in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which is scheduled for January next year.

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