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Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha called up for England

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 09:22 13 November 2012

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha called up for Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha called up for Roy Hodgson's England squad.

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Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha received his first senior England call-up on last night (Sunday) after a series of dazzling displays in the Championship this season.

Injuries to the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain meant England boss Roy Hodgson called for 20-year-old Zaha as the Three Lions play the first match at Sweden’s Friends Arena on Wednesday.

His side sit at the top of the table after 2-1 win on Saturday in which his influence was felt greatly - covering the length of the pitch to set up Kagisho Dikgacoi for the winner against Peterborough.

Born in the Ivory Coast, rumours had been circulating that Zaha may opt to play for The Elephants despite five appearances for England’s Under-21s.

Tweeting on the night of his call-up, Zaha said: “Wow everything’s happening so fast.”

Having turned 20 on Saturday, the decision by Hodgson came as a belated birthday present for the Eagles player who has bagged four goals in 17 appearances this season.

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