Sven-Goran Eriksson admits Wilfried Zaha faces a tough decision as he weighs up whether to commit his international future to England or Ivory Coast.
The Crystal Palace youngster is set to make his Three Lions debut against Sweden on Wednesday night, but could still represent the country he was born in due to FIFA regulations.
Players can change national team as long as they haven’t played a competitive fixture for a country, and a cap in the friendly against the Swedes would not rule out the Eagles star switching allegiance to the Africans.
And former England manager Eriksson, who also coached the Elephants, claims the 20-year-old will need to consider which side gives him the most opportunity to play.
“England is a big nation but don’t forget that Ivory Coast is a very big team at the moment,” he told Drive Time.
“Either of them could be in the final in Brazil at the next World Cup. He has to make a decision with his brain and his heart.
“It might come down to the chances he gets to play. That’s how players think about this sort of decision. He needs to work out if he’s feeling more English or Ivorian.
“I’m quite sure he will be happy if Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and all these big stars start to phone him. If he’s only thinking about footballing matters it’s not an easy choice to make.”