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Former Man Utd Star: Why I Snubbed England For African Giants

An English Premier League star has explained why he decided to represent African giants Ivory Coast instead of England.

Read: Former Man Utd Star Opens Up On Old Trafford Hell

Wilfried Zaha made two appearances for England as teenager but they were both international friendlies.

However, the former Manchester United winger opted to switch alliances to the Elephants in 2016 and he has since made eight appearances, scoring two goals in the process.

When asked if he regretted not playing for England, Zaha told the Guardian, ""None. I did want to play with England because I've been here since the age of four but it reached a point where I thought: 'What am I waiting for.

"I want an international career, am I really going to get an opportunity [with England]?'

"The Ivory Coast had been begging for ages. The country and the fans love me already, and I haven't even done anything.

"I may not get the red carpet, it may not have the same Nike deals as when you play for England, but I'm going to be playing, I’m going to be loved and that’s all I want. Nothing else.

"So when I watched the World Cup I was annoyed, yeah, because we could have been there."

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