West Ham fans have always had something of a strange obsession with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, just as a number of fan-bases across the country do but on Saturday, they’re taunting of the 26-year-old came back to haunt them in spectacular fashion.
Despite Wilfried having been born in the Ivory Coast before moving over to England as a young child, his decision to declare for them over the Three Lions has regularly been spun by certain sections of the media as a young man “turning his back” on his country in favour of an easy life. Those of us who’ve watched Zaha grow and develop know full well that England’s long-term refusal to select him was both baffling and wrong but to then turn the blame onto the man himself has always struck me as jingoistic.
For West Ham supporters, the temptation to wade into the story has always been too strong to ignore with a chant of “Too s*** for England” being sung whenever the winger is in earshot. They did it last season and he bagged a last minute leveller, they did it on Saturday and once again, he levelled the scores; will they ever learn?
West Ham fans singing “too shit for England” at Zaha today. The bloke isn’t even English and he has more England international caps than Mark Noble 🤷🏼♂️
— George Hardy (@GeorgeHardy93) February 9, 2019
Taunts of that nature are something that both Wilf and Palace’s fans have grown used to but one particular tweet sent after the match summed up the idiocy of the away end perfectly, in reference to Hammers captain and England hopeful Mark Noble.
There is absolutely no doubt that, in the current climate, were Zaha to be available, Southgate would involve him regularly, the England boss is on record saying so himself but fact and logic often fly out of the window in the high-intensity atmosphere of a London derby. It’s fair to say Wilf had the last laugh this time, not that it’ll stop them from doing the same when the two sides next meet.