Wilfried Zaha says that he has not turned his back on his national team.
has been left out of Ivory Coast’s national team, and his manager Patrice
Beaumelle says that the player told him that he doesn’t want to play for the national team as he is reconsidering his career in the national team, but now the 28-year-old has talked about the matter, insisting that he hasn’t told the manager that he doesn’t want to play for the national team.
Zaha says that his manager is probably mistaken and that he is proud of himself to be able to play for the national team, insisting that the reason that he can’t help Ivory Coast is that he doesn’t think that he is fully fit.
In a statement released on Friday, Zaha said:
"Despite numerous press reports, I have never said at any time that I am reconsidering my international playing future.
"To pull on the Ivory Coast shirt and represent my country is an honor that I never, ever take for granted.
"During the last international fixtures I picked up a viral infection while travelling and was ill when I returned, unable to train and was forced to miss Crystal Palace's game against Arsenal.
"As I don't feel fully recovered, I spoke to the manager and asked his permission to miss the next two games.
"I will of course be available and present if I am selected for future games and wish the team every success in the next two matches and qualification for the World Cup."
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