Bad news for Southgate
Ivory Coast’s African Cup of Nations provisional squad features a lot of Premier League talent. While the tournament might present Premier League opportunities for English players, there’s bad news for Gareth Southgate.
Zaha commits to Ivory Coast
The England boss had hoped that he could convince Wilfried Zaha to choose to represent the Three Lions. The Crystal Palace star has played for England in international friendlies but no competitive fixtures.
That left him free to decide to pledge his allegiance to the Ivory Coast, the country of his birth. Although this is only the provisional squad, it seems certain that Zaha will be on the plane to Gabon. Palace fans would have been rooting for Southgate to win that battle as now they’ll lose Zaha for a month. Manchester United star Eric Bailly is also in the squad. To see the full list of players, check out John Bennett’s tweet below.
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) December 28, 2016