Holloway backs Zaha for England success

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried ZahaCrystal Palace manager Ian Holloway believes Wilfried Zaha will make the most of his shock England call-up.

The Championship winger has been drafted into the Three Lions’ squad ahead of Wednesday’s friendly with Sweden following a series of impressive performances for the London club.

Despite many suggesting that the 20-year-old may not be ready to represent England at senior level, Holloway feels his man will make the most of the opportunity:

“He’s an untouched, pure talent and everyone knows the more serious you get the harder it is to want take people on.” He told SkySports.

“But he’s so unique, I’ve never worked with anyone like him, he just wants to get the ball and beat people, however many there are, he can do it.

“Before I got to Palace I thought ‘yeah, but is he any better than anyone else?’ Now I’ve seen him, good gracious me, it’s quite unbelievable what he can do.

“Hopefully, if he does play on Wednesday, people will see that and I believe he can do it at the very top level.”

Although he has been impressive for his club, it has been speculated that Zaha’s call-up is merely a method of ensuring he will be eligible for future England squads.

Born in the Ivory Coast, the winger could represent the African nation so long as he does not play for England at senior level.

These rumours are fuelled further by the inclusions of Raheem Sterling and Carl Jenkinson, who are eligible for Jamaica and Finland respectively.

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