Zaha does not regret snubbing England in favour of Ivory Coast

Wilfried Zaha has revealed he does not regret snubbing England in favour of Ivory Coast.

Zaha switched his international allegiance last year and the Crystal Palace star is now heading for the Africa Cup of Nations with the reigning champions.

The 24-year-old, who was born in Abidjan, made two appearances for England in friendlies against Sweden and Scotland in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

By the time he switched, he was still eligible to represent the West African country after never representing the European nation in a competitive fixture.

“I left for England and I did not return to the country [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,” Zaha told the Ivory Coast official website.

“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.

“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.”

Ivory Coast opens against Togo on January 16.

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