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No England Regrets For Palace's Zaha

No England Regrets For Palace's Zaha

In order to accept the offer from the Ivory Coast Wilfried Zaha had to turn his back on England, which is a decision the Crystal Palace winger doesn't regret.

He made a promising start to his international career with the Ivory Coast against Sweden - funnily enough one of the two countries Zaha won England caps against - as it took him just a few minutes to mark his Ivorian debut with an assist in fact.

As he had only played in these two friendlies - the other against Scotland - the winger was free to make his switch and decided to do this last year.

Ivory Coast-born Zaha admitted his move to England as a child meant it only natural he followed the way of life in his adopted country and that included coming through the FA system. After spending more time thinking about his future in recent years he made his choice and is happy with it.

Zaha told the Official Ivory Coast website, via sky sports:

'I left for England and I did not return to the [Ivory Coast] so I did all my schooling in my adopted country and it was most normal that I played for the England youth teams. For the past four years, I have had ample time to analyse my situation and to take into account the solicitations of the Ivorian Football Association. Now I have made my choice. Now I want to play with the Ivory Coast.'

He went on to add he was proud to play for the Ivory Coast with Zaha stressing he had no regrets and the choice made was the right one:

'It has been rewarding, firstly because I am proud to play for my country, then because the Ivorian selection has quality players and has always been a reservoir of talent. So I made the right choice and I do not regret it.'

24 year old Zaha - who is now set to feature in the Ivory Coast's African Cup of Nations opener with Togo this weekend - doesn't have any regrets about his decision.

The future will determine if England will rue OUR decision not to select Zaha more often...

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Writer:Rug
Date:Thursday January 12 2017
Time: 9:33AM

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