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Wilfied Zaha shines to remind England what they are missing

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their first goal

Wilfried Zaha has been Crystal Palace's best player this season.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring their first goalWilfried Zaha has scored five Premier League goals this season

Wilfried Zaha scored a superb goal for Crystal Palace this weekend, a brilliant first touch with the chest beating his maker and allowing him to fire past Ben Foster without breaking stride.

It wasn’t the first special goal he’s netted this season, with an acrobatic effort against Swansea and the sensational strike that followed some mazy dribbling versus Hull standing out, and another reminder of why England should regret losing his talents.

Zaha won a pair of England caps in 2012 and 2013 but both were in friendlies, and having become frustrated at consistently ignored by successive managers he now plays for the Ivory Coast.

It’s where he was born and he made his competitive debut earlier this year at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zaha’s a dynamic player who would offer England something different. His pace, power and trickery mean he has a genuine ability to go past players while his end product has vastly improved this season.

When you consider some of the players England selected over him in the autumn, including one-dimensional team-mate Andros Townsend whom he has outshone all campaign, his frustration is highly understandable.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha in action with Manchester United's Marcos RojoZaha has flourished again since leaving Manchester United

Because he failed at Manchester United many write Zaha off as too flamboyant and too inconsistent. Perhaps that was true once, but it isn’t now.

England should rue the day Zaha got away.

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