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Wilfried Zaha: The future of the Crystal Palace striker in Ivory Coast is questionable

Wilfried Zaha has played in two African Cups for Ivory Coast

Wilfried Zaha’s future in Ivory Coast is in doubt after the Crystal Palace striker reportedly asked not to be selected for this month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

But he was kicked out of the Ivory Coast squad to face Mozambique and Cameroon in the last two group matches, with only the group winners moving into next year’s play-offs for the tournament in Qatar.

“A few days ago Zaha sent me a message saying that every time he comes (to join Ivory Coast) he comes home sick,” said national coach Patrice Beaumelle.

“He asked me not to get a call in November because he wanted to think about his international future.

“I want soldiers, warriors, who can choose with one knee on the ground. It’s a message that I send loud and clear to every player.”

Zaha last played for Ivory Coast on October 11, when he won the 2-1 home win against Malawi in the 74.

He missed Palace’s first game after the international break at Arsenal on October 18, but returned to the Premier League five days later as a substitute in the second half against Newcastle.

If Zaha gave up international football, he would be available to the Eagles during the Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held from January 9th to February 6th next year.

Ivory Coast squad of 25

Goalkeeper: Sylvain Gbohouo (Wolkite Ketema, Ethiopia), Badra Ali Sangare (JDR Stars, South Africa), Abdoul Karim Cisse (ASEC Mimosas, Ivory Coast).

Defender: Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Sinaly Diomande (Lyon, France), Odilon Kossonou (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Emmanuel Agbadou (KAS Eupen, Belgium), Serge Aurier (Villarreal, Spain )), Hassane Kamara (Nice, France), Habib Maiga (Metz, France).

Midfield player: Serey Die (Villarreal, Spain), Ibrahim Sangare (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Lazio, Italy), Jean Michael Seri (Fulham, England), Franck Kessie (AC Milan, Italy), Hamed Traore (Sassuolo , Italy).

Forward: Maxwel Cornet (Burnley, England), Yohan Boli (Al-Rayyan, Qatar), Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal, England), Lago Junior (Mallorca, Spain), Max Gradel (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jean Evrard Kouassi (Wuhan Zall, China ), Christian Kouame (Anderlecht, Belgium), Sebastien Haller (Ajax, Netherlands).

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