African Soccer 28.11.2016 02:15 pm

Zaha answers Ivory Coast call

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (L) passes the ball as Crystal Palace's Ivorian-born English striker Wilfried Zaha (R) tries to close him down during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park in south London on November 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLLY GREENWOOD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (L) passes the ball as Crystal Palace's Ivorian-born English striker Wilfried Zaha (R) tries to close him down during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park in south London on November 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLLY GREENWOOD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has swapped his international allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast, where he was born, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said on Sunday.

Zaha, 24, was born in Abidjan but appeared in two friendlies for England under former Three Lions’ boss Roy Hodgson, making his debut against Sweden in November 2012.

The FIF said Zaha had passed on his decision after several weeks of contact with the player and had personally informed FIF president Augustin Sidy Diallo and ‘Elephants’ coach Michel Dussuyer of his switch.

Zaha, who moved to England as a small child, joined the Palace academy aged 12 and had a short spell with Manchester United, has also informed world governing body Fifa of his decision.

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