Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace forward considering Ivory Coast future

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Wilfried Zaha in action for Ivory CoastWilfried Zaha has played for Ivory Coast at two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations

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

But he has been left out of the Ivory Coast squad to face Mozambique and Cameroon in their final two group matches, with just the group winners progressing to next year's play-offs for the tournament in Qatar.

"A few days ago, Zaha sent me a message to say that every time he comes (to join up with Ivory Coast), he returns home sick," national team coach Patrice Beaumelle said.

"He asked me not to be called in November because he wants to reflect about his international future.

"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."

Zaha last featured for Ivory Coast on 11 October, when he was substituted in the 74th minute of the 2-1 home win over Malawi - a result which gave the Elephants a one-point lead over Cameroon at the top of Group D.

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

If Zaha did quit international football he would be available for the Eagles during the Africa Cup of Nations, which runs from 9 January to 6 February next year.

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