Ivory Coast manager Patrice Beaumelle has revealed that a Premier League star is considering his future with the Elephants ahead of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha is said to be contemplating his national team future ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations early next year.
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According to national team boss Beaumelle, Zaha has asked to be left out of the squad that will play in Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifiers against Mozambique and Cameroon this month, per Goal.
"He [Zaha] asked not to come because he comes home sick after each meeting," Beaumelle said upon the announcement of his latest squad on Thursday, per Goal.
"He wants to reflect on the rest of his international career. I want soldiers, warriors who even with one knee on the ground will come to the selection.
"It is a message that I send loud and clear to each player."
The former Manchester United star has been a regular feature for the Elephants since making his debut in 2017, after he had switched his allegiance from England.
This self-imposed omission has sparked speculation that he could retire from international football, and has cast doubt as to whether or not he will feature at AFCON in January and February 2022.
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