Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has taken the blame for being unable to persuade Wilfried Zaha to prolong his international career with England. The 25-year-old switched his allegiance to the Ivory Coast a couple of years ago after failing to earn a Three Lions call-up since 2013, where he appeared in two non-competitive matches.
Since then, Zaha has not had much going his way in the national setup with the Ivorian national side failing for the 2018 World Cup ahead of Morocco in their qualification group. Nevertheless, the attacker is now confined to a role with the African nation for the rest of his international career, and he will be hoping for success in the future.
Meanwhile, coming to his club career, Crystal Palace may have a tough time keeping hold of Zaha beyond the summer with Manchester City having emerged as fresh candidates to pursue his signature. The Premier League champions are keen to bolster their attack further to improve on their European challenge next term, and Zaha has been earmarked as the prime target in their shortlist. The Eagles are expected to demand a minimum sum of around £50m to part ways with the forward.