Zaha: No regrets over England snub
Posted: 21 September 2018 Time: 18:30
Wilfried Zaha has opened up about his decision to represent Ivory Coast after watching England reach the semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Zaha opted to play international football for Ivory Coast in 2016 despite winning two senior England caps in friendlies whilst still playing Championship football as a teenager.
Asked if he had any regrets over his decision to opt against representing the Three Lions after making his debut under Roy Hodgson six years ago - the tricky winger remained diplomatic in his response.
"None. I did want to play with England because I've been here since the age of four but it reached a point where I thought: 'What am I waiting for," he told The Guardian.
"I want an international career, am I really going to get an opportunity [with England]?'
"The Ivory Coast had been begging for ages. The country and the fans love me already, and I haven't even done anything.
"I may not get the red carpet, it may not have the same Nike deals as when you play for England, but I'm going to be playing, I’m going to be loved and that’s all I want. Nothing else.
"So when I watched the World Cup I was annoyed, yeah, because we could have been there."