Zaha wants England return; has ‘more skill’ than rivals

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 1:31

Wilfried Zaha: Winger has two England caps to his name

Wilfried Zaha admits he is eyeing a recall to the England squad and believes he can add a different dimension to Roy Hodgson’s team.

Crystal Palace winger Zaha has been in impressive form in the Premier League this term and has been backed by Alan Pardew to make an impact at international level.

Zaha won the last of his two caps in England’s 3-2 victory over Scotland three years ago, though Hodgson admitted the former Manchester United man was close to being called up in November.

“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,” Zaha told the London Evening Standard.

“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.”

The 23-year-old also praised Palace boss Pardew, who has helped inspire his improvement.

“Now I know what I have to do. Before it was just get it and run around. Now I know when I need to run with it and when I need to cross it,” he added.

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

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