22 Facts About Wilfried Zaha

1. Wilfried Zaha made his debut for the England national team in 2012, appearing in two non-competitive matches.

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2. Wilfried Zaha played football at school, and joined the Crystal Palace academy aged 12.

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3. Wilfried Zaha assisted Kieron Cadogan in the home match against Queens Park Rangers in October and James Vaughan in the away match against Watford in February 2011.

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4. In March 2012, Wilfried Zaha was voted The Football League's Young Player of the Year.

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5. On 25 January 2013, Wilfried Zaha agreed to join Premier League club Manchester United, and would immediately be loaned back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season.

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6. Wilfried Zaha passed the medical at Manchester United, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract on 26 January 2013 for a reported £10m rising to £15m with performance-related add-ons.

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7. On 11 August 2013, Wilfried Zaha made his debut for Manchester United in the 2013 FA Community Shield against Wigan Athletic.

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8. Wilfried Zaha was included in the starting line-up and played 61 minutes before being replaced by Antonio Valencia as he won his first major honour in football.

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9. Wilfried Zaha contrasted his experience with that of Raheem Sterling, another young attacker who was given a chance by Liverpool after a difficult start.

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10. On 28 August 2014, Wilfried Zaha agreed to a season-long loan deal with Crystal Palace.

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11. Wilfried Zaha won the Crystal Palace Player of the Year award for the first time.

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12. On 26 December 2016, Wilfried Zaha was denied a penalty in the closing minutes against Watford.

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13. On 14 May 2017, Wilfried Zaha scored the opening goal in the third minute of the Crystal Palace Hull city game that simultaneously mathematically secured Crystal Palace's top flight status and relegated Hull City to the Championship.

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14. On 26 May 2017, Wilfried Zaha signed a new five-year contract with Crystal Palace.

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15. Wilfried Zaha was named their Player of the Year for the third time in a row, a feat only done before by goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

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16. Wilfried Zaha received a red card for dissent against Southampton on 30 January 2019.

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17. Wilfried Zaha was eligible to represent both the Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, and England, where he grew up.

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18. Wilfried Zaha was called up to the under-21 team on 23 February 2012.

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19. On 11 November 2012, Wilfried Zaha was called up to the senior team by manager Roy Hodgson for a friendly match against Sweden on 14 November.

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20. Wilfried Zaha came on as a substitute for fellow debutant Raheem Sterling in the 83rd minute.

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21. In January, Wilfried Zaha was named in the Ivory Coast squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

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22. At the tournament in Gabon, the reigning champion Elephants were eliminated at the group stage, with Wilfried Zaha starting each game.

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