This Crystal Palace star believes England need a player like him

Wilfried Zaha says that Roy Hodgson's squad lacks players such as him who take on opponents.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has told the Evening Standard that he believes there is no player like him currently being selected for England duty by Roy Hodgson, and announced his intention to play for his country again.

The 23-year-old has two caps for the Three Lions but has not played for the national side in nearly three years, with the former Manchester United man's name seemingly a forgotten one.

However, Ivory Coast-born Zaha has been in impressive form for Alan Pardew's Eagles this season, with his manager at club level having tipped him for an international recall.

The Palace academy graduate made sure that Hodgson knows that he wants to be in contention again, and highlighted the different dimension he feels he could bring to the England side.

Zaha told the Evening Standard: "There are good passers in the England team and there is pace but I can beat a man which will open up a space for someone else. That is what I can add, just more skill really, because I take on people more.

"I am just trying to put in decent performances every week for Palace. Everyone talks about ‘inconsistent Wilf’ so that is my main aim. If I manage to get into the England set-up then I will be buzzing.

"It is like a dream playing for England and hopefully I can get back in there. I have not given up."

Zaha has been a consistent performer since returning to Selhurst Park from an ill-fated spell at Old Trafford initially on loan in 2014.

The winger made his return permanent 12 months ago, and is enjoying a fine season in the current campaign, having scored five goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.

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