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Ivory Coast ace can go to another level

MAIN MAN: Wilfried Zaha

ROY HODGSON expressed his sadness that Wilfried Zaha has committed to play for Ivory Coast rather than for England.

He was speaking after Zaha’s two-goal match winning performance in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 win against Brighton. The Palace manager said: “I feel I am responsible because I gave him his debut for England and we did not follow it up.

“I am sure a lot of England managers that follow me will say what a pity that this player chose the Ivory Coast rather than England.

“To be honest I think he was happy to play for them as he was just seduced by the Ivory Coast. Part of the seduction was that he was not playing a lot of games for England.

“At the moment Wilf’s season has been superb and last season towards the end too. He is not the Zaha who was at Manchester United and unfortunately we do not have a crystal ball. It is very important that he stays fit. We cannot ask for anymore than what he is giving us at the moment.’

Hodgson believes that Zaha could still go up to the next level in terms of performances and he said: “His dribbling ability and ability on the ball has been good.

"What steps can he take to be recognised like (Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez? With his qualities there is no reason why he cannot take another step and become even better."

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