Zaha in Ivory Coast’s 23-man squad

Zaha was born in Ivory Coast but has two caps for England



Zaha has made 21 appearances for Crystal Palace this season, scoring four goals

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been included in Ivory Coast’s 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

His inclusion follows his decision to switch international allegiance from England, where he grew up.

The 24-year-old was born in Ivory Coast but has two England caps, having played against Sweden in November 2012 and Scotland the following year.

As both were friendly matches, he is permitted to commit his international future to his country of birth.

Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer initially named a provisional 24-man squad. He left out defender Ousmane Viera, who plays for Turkey’s Adanaspor, from his final selection.

The defending champions have a training camp in Abu Dhabi starting on 2 January.

“One of the challenges facing us in camp will be that some of the players will be rested and others – those playing in England – will be tired and in need of some rest,” Dussuyer said.

Ivory Coast kick off the tournament against Togo on 16 January, before facing DR Congo and Morocco in the group stage.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohuo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Badra Sangare (AS Tanda, Ivory Coast), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek, Norway)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (PSG, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (St Trond VV, Belgium), Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Rep), Wilfried Kanon (ADO, Netherlands), Lamine Kone (Sunderland, England), Adama Traore (Basel, Switzerland)

Midfielders: Victorien Angban (Grenada, Spain), Cheik Doukoure (Metz, France), Franck Kessie (Atalanta, Italy), Yao Serge N’guessan (AS Nancy, France), Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel, Switzerland), Jean Michael Seri (Nice, France)

Forwards: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City, England), Max Gradel (Bournemouth, England), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Giovanni Sio (Stade Rennes, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England), Nicolas Pepe (Angers, France)

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