Ivory Coast boss: We want England star

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Ivory Coast head coach ​Patrice Beaumelle has confirmed that he has made an approach for an England star to switch his allegiance and join up with the Elephants. 

With a big influx of young talent with African heritage emerging across some of Europe's biggest leagues, the persuading of players to switch their allegiance is becoming increasingly common.

One of the more recent cases of this phenomenon is Leicester City's Ademola Lookman, who made the switch from England to Nigeria, while France-born midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure finally decided to represent Mali this month after a few years of being pursued by Les Aigles.

Scroll through the gallery above to see five Premier League players who switched allegiances

Beaumelle has now confirmed that Ivory Coast are looking at poaching a second England star after successfully doing so with Wilfried Zaha, who opted against representing the Three Lions in 2017 after making two appearances for them in international friendlies.

Zaha's Crystal Palace teammate Marc Guehi (wearing the No. 4 shirt in the main image above) is now subject to a similar situation, with the French coach having declared his interest in the defender, who made his senior England debut in a friendly against Switzerland last week.

"I have been following Marc for two years, since he was playing at Swansea," Beaumelle said ahead of his side's friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night, according to The Independent. ​

"I know he can still choose Ivory Coast so we are working on that. I tried to contact him several weeks ago.

"But when I saw him in the English lists I understood that, at the moment, he wants to try with the Three Lions.

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"The choice has to come from the heart. He will make his own decision. He did well in his first cap for England.

"Maybe we will try for the orange jersey of Ivory Coast – you never know.

"I will wait a few weeks and try to contact him to know if he is interested​."

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