Zaha named in Cote d'ivoire preliminary squad

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Wilfried Zaha has been called up to Cote d'Ivoire's provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

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The Crystal Palace winger's international future has been the subject of debate in recent weeks, the 24 year-old having become frustrated with a lack of opportunities for England.

Zaha has two caps for England, both of which came in friendlies, and boss Gareth Southgate said this month he was hopeful of convincing the former Manchester United player to commit to the Three Lions.

However, Zaha - born in Abidjan - has been added to Michel Dussuyer's preliminary plans for the tournament next month, suggesting a final decision over his future has been made.

United defender Eric Bailly is also in the squad despite a lack of playing time since he suffered a knee injury in October. Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier is also included.

Ivory Coast, the defending champion, meets Togo in its opening Group C game on 16 January before matches against DR Congo and Morocco.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohuo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Badra Sangare (AS Tanda, Ivory Coast), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek, Norway)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (PSG, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (St Trond VV, Belgium), Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Rep), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Adanaspor, Turkey), Wilfried Kanon (ADO, Netherlands), Lamine Kone (Sunderland, England), Adama Traore (Basel, Switzerland)

Midfielders: Victorien Angban (Grenada, Spain), Cheik Doukoure (Metz, France), Franck Kessie (Atalanta, Italy), Yao Serge N'guessan (AS Nancy, France), Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel, Switzerland), Jean Michael Seri (Nice, France)

Forwards: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City, England), Max Gradel (Bournemouth, England), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Nicolas Pepe (Angers, France), Giovanni Sio (Stade Rennes, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England)