Wilfried Zaha’s fine form in recent weeks appears not to have gone unnoticed by Roy Hodgson, who, having stoically ignored the winger for years, appears to be on the verge of recalling him to the England squad.
The Sun are the publication who have broken the news of Zaha’s possible recall to the England squad, whilst continuing to peddle the tired and incorrect stories about Wilf’s “attitude”. Not that you would expect anything better from them.
Despite being frozen out of the national team since 2013, Zaha’s efforts in Alan Pardew’s Palace side have apparently catapulted him back into contention for a place in the national team in recent weeks, regardless of the concerns those in the England set-up supposedly have over his temperament.
Whilst some have questioned whether or not Hodgson’s decision to use Wilf during our friendly against Sweden in 2012 was a simple ploy to encourage him into choosing to represent England instead of the Ivory Coast, the wide man’s recent performances will have done him no harm whatsoever, prompting many both inside and outside of Selhurst Park to bang the drum for Zaha’s re-selection.
The story (attached above) has been broken by The Sun, leading many to feel understandably sceptical about its origins, given their tendency to stretch the truth for their own aims over the years, but for us, their wording within the piece also deserves a degree of scrutiny. Within what is only a short story, they give the impression that a reccall for Wilf would be a huge shock, rather than something he has earned through a string of consistently impressive performances, feeding the lies that continue to circulate about his attitude.
As has been highlighted on countless occasions, including a fantastic recent interview with the man himself, (attached below) the tales of his indiscretions couldn’t be further from the truth; not that it will stop The Sun from fanning the flames to feed the tired rhetoric. I for one, hope to see Wilfried Zaha taken to Euro 2016 by Roy Hodgson, not as a figurative two finger insult to his detractors, but because he is fully deserving of recognition on the international stage. Let’s hope he gets it.