This Piece Slamming The FA For Ignoring Zaha’s Talent Is Brilliant

2 Posted by - May 11, 2018 - News

It’s not often you see a piece in the British press patting Wilfried Zaha on the back for his decision to represent the Ivory Coast instead of England; leaving me feeling compelled to bring this particular article to your attention on this fine Friday morning.

To many casual observers, the assumption that Zaha “turned his back on the Three Lions” has become a natural response but I must credit GQ magazine and writer Lee Stobbs for looking beyond the stereotype and exploring the true reasons why the Palace academy graduate finally walked away from England to play for the country of his birth in November of 2016.

Zaha’s story, which I have gone over plenty of times myself, is one of missed opportunity on the part of the FA. Having been given his debut as an 83rd minute substitute in a friendly against Sweden back in 2012, the winger waited four long years for another phone call, before rightly paying attention to the officials from the Ivory Coast, who were keen to build the side around him.

It’s easy to forget now but the then new England gaffer Gareth Southgate made the startling accusation that Zaha didn’t have the “inherent desire” necessary to play for the Three Lions; a comment which only served to fuel an already widespread campaign to question the 25-year-old’s ambition and technical quality.

With the World Cup in Russia now tantalisingly close, it’s fair to say that Zaha would be one of the first names penciled in for a seat on the plane, were he available for selection, prompting the writer of the above piece to question how and why the FA have allowed such a brilliantly talented footballer to slip between their fingers, having had 23 years in which to make him an essential part of the national side.

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4 Comments

  • Kevin O'Brien May 11, 2018 - 7:07 am Reply

    It’s the very reason I personally lost all interest in the fortunes of the England team. Having seen so many talented players (and indeed Managers ) ignored for non-football related reasons over the last 50 odd years Wilf’s treatment was the last straw. I ‘ll throw in a couple of names as examples, Stan Bowles, Tony Currie, Brian Clough, Harry Redknap. With players it has mostly been because they didn’t play for a top 6 club. It’s galling because it is patently obvious to supporters of the other clubs that just because someone plays for Man United for example it doesn’t mean you are good enough for England, particularly when there are better players at lesser clubs. In Wilf’s case he is the most talented player I have seen since Gazza and before him George Best and unlike Best Wilf was available for England. At the Euros last time I followed Wales, at this coming World Cup I will be cheering for Australia and Serbia 😊

    • admin May 11, 2018 - 8:35 am Reply

      Can’t argue with your logic to be honest, Kevin.

  • ee signing May 11, 2018 - 8:56 am Reply

    It when shits like Jordan Henderson, who should not in my view be anywhere near the England team as he cnt hit an accurate pass over more than 20 yards accuse him of bad attitude to the management. end up as captain that i despair. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott have failed to make an impression how may times while whinging continuously about being used out of position and Wilf gets ten minutes to take his chance.

    I cant reject England as its the countr that matters but A little less team England and bit more doing it for the nation wouldnt go amiss

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh May 11, 2018 - 10:59 am Reply

    If Ivory Coast qualified i would be supporting them, Serbia for Luka and Australia for Jedi.

    England are nothing to get excited about, boring football, boring players and boring selections. Players like Zaha are exactly what they need. Southgate has actually been a bit bolder than the past 4/5 managers but still nowhere near enough to entice me to watch a dour 0-0 with Tunisia whilst the ball bounces off Eric Dier, John Stones and Dele Alli.

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