TIMEOUT || I Did Not Put A Timescale On Being Selected By England - Zaha29 Mar 2017
I Did Not Put A Timescale On Being Selected By England - Zaha
In light of recent comments and reports questioning Wilfried’s desire or passion to play for England I feel it important to set the record straight.
Wilfried did not impose a timescale or set a date by which he had to be selected by England, there was no ‘disappearing egg timer’.
The ‘private’ meeting with Mr Southgate was very amicable, however the fact remains that Wilfried made his decision to play for the Ivory Coast prior to Mr Southgate being appointed interim and subsequently permanent England manager.
It was Wilfried’s personal choice and it was his right as a senior player to accept the opportunity to represent his nation of birth and that of his family heritage. His ‘desire’ or ‘passion’ should never have been publicly questioned for making that decision.
Wilfried is very proud of his family and very proud to represent the Ivory Coast, most recently demonstrated by his performance against Russia.