Zaha ponders international future

  • Last Updated: November 13 2012, 17:34 GMT

England new-boy Wilfried Zaha admits "it's 50-50" as to whether he will represent his adopted country long-term.

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Wilfried Zaha

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The 20-year-old Crystal Palace winger has been included in Roy Hodgson's squad to face Sweden on Wednesday night and is expected to make his senior debut, having previously featured at under-21 level.

But as the match is only a friendly Zaha, who was born in the Ivory Coast but moved to England with his family aged four, would still be free to switch his allegiance to the country of his birth.

He has already had a telephone call from Elephants legend Didier Drogba urging him to do just that, but remains in two minds.

"I was born in the Ivory Coast but all I know is England," Zaha told national newspapers. "It's 50-50 at the moment.

"Didier Drogba called me and I was shocked, to be honest. He's a humble guy. I've been with England Under-21s and now I will have to make a decision."

Coupled with Zaha's tweet in response to his call-up on Sunday evening - "Wow, everything's happening so fast" - the comments paint a picture of a bewilderment at odds with the youngster's supreme confidence when he discusses his ability and ambitions.


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