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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha switch to Ivory Coast National Team

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha switched his international allegiance from England to Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The 24-year-old switched his allegiance after submitting a request to FIFA to represent the elephants after being approached by the Federation Ivorian Football weeks ago.

The England-based player was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast but has grown up in England. Crystal Palace manager, Alan Pardew said,”Zaha was pushed forward, probably by his agent or people around him.” Pardew continued by saying he understands the player’s frustration.

“There aren’t many other English players who can beat players like he does in the Premier League. Some do, but they’re not English,” Pardew concluded.

Zaha featured in two friendlies for England against Sweden in 2012 and against Scotland in 2013. The ex-Manchester United player is now eligible to represent the Ivory Coast in the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon in January.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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