​Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has insisted that he has no regrets over swapping his international allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast. 


The 24-year-old announced last November that he would make himself available for selection for the Elephants, despite having made two appearances for England several years ago. 


Having been called up by the Ivory Coast for this month's African Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon, Zaha made his debut for the country of his birth, during their 2-1 friendly victory over Sweden last Sunday.

And with the tournament set to begin in just three days time, the Crystal Palace forward has insisted that he has no regrets over the decision to swap his international allegiance, despite rumours suggesting England manager Gareth Southgate made a last minute plea to Zaha, to remain available for the Three Lions. 


Speaking to the Ivorian federation website (as quoted by the ​Evening Standard), the former Manchester United star said: “I went to England when I was young and I did not return home.


“So I did all my classes in my adopted country and it was most normal that I played for the England youth sides.

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“But for four years, I've had a lot of time to analyse the situation and take into account the requests of the Ivory Coast Association. So I made my choice. Now I want to play with the Ivory Coast.


“It is gratifying, firstly because I am proud to play for my country, and also because the Ivory Coast has quality players and has always been a breeding ground of talent. So I made the right choice and I don't regret it.”


Zaha is expected to make his competitive debut for the Elephants, in their opening group match with Togo next Monday, as they look to make an early statement in the month-long tournament.