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Drogba wants Zaha to be an Elephant

FOLLOW THE LEADER: Zaha has to make mind up between England and Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST-BORN footballer Wilfried Zaha has been put under pressure to choose the country of his birth ahead of England for his international football career.

And the man urging the 19-year-old player to turn out for the African nation is none other than former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Drogba, captain of the Ivory Coast, is understood to have personally phoned Zaha in order to persuade him to represent the Elephants in the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

Nonetheless, the Crystal Palace winger, who celebrates his 20th birthday this Saturday (November 10), will be named in Stuart Pearce's England Under 21 squad for the match against Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road next Tuesday (November 12) – yet this would not prevent a potential swap of national allegiances, for Fifa regulations require a full senior appearance to confirm a player’s international status.

Zaha’s dilemma is not dissimilar to that of Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, who is the midst of a tug of war between England and Jamaica. Sterling, Jamaican-born, was recently visited by Jamaica’s footballing chief, Horace Burrell, who made a pitch for the young winger to pledge his future to the Reggae Boyz.

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