Crystal Palace fans will be over the moon today, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek was confirmed in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup. Whilst he may be a Chelsea player it is his loan spell with Palace that has helped him make the cut.
But some less informed fans on Twitter have been causing a bit of a stir, by insisting another Palace player should have been in the squad heading to Russia this summer. The player in question is Wilfried Zaha.
Undoubtedly, the 25-year-old would have been a great option for England this summer. His inclusion, perhaps at the expense of Danny Welbeck, would have been popular with fans.
But here’s the problem, Zaha has eight caps for the Ivory Coast.
He may have played twice for the senior England team, but last year he decided to change allegiance and play for the country of his birth.
At the time of his decision, it appeared as though Zaha was hitting a glass ceiling with the England team and the decision to play for the West African nation was taken.
He has since gone on to score two goals for his country and he loves representing The Elephants. But it is not difficult to imagine a tinge of regret at his decision.
Zaha has been magnificent this season and played a key role in keeping Palace in the Premier League. He would have surely been an absolute certainty to make the England squad ahead of Welbeck if he had still been eligible.
Unfortunately for Zaha, the Ivory Coast failed to qualify for the World Cup this summer so he will be watching the competition and his buddy Loftus-Cheek from home.
Perhaps Zaha will now regret not giving his England career more time. But Palace fans will be happy their star man can rest up this summer, ahead of a hopefully even better campaign 2018-19.