Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha says his decision to play international for the Ivory Coast over England was the “right choice”.
Despite having made two appearances for England, Zaha was able to switch international allegiance after those appearances came in friendly matches.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate tried to persuade Zaha to keep his England ties, and the 24-year-old says he does not regret his decision to switch to the African nation.
“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 Ivorian Football Federation’s 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.”