'When January comes I have to decide' - Zaha on Crystal Palace future after England call-up

The Ivory Coast-born forward has helped take the Eagles to the top of the Championship, but admits to considering his options after replacing Theo Walcott in the Three Lions squad

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has conceded that he has big decisions to make regarding his future after receiving his first call-up to the England squad on Sunday.

The 20-year-old was drafted in as a replacement after Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon withdrew for the friendly against Sweden, having made five appearances for England Under-21 side, but he is also eligible to play for his birthplace Ivory Coast.

But Zaha, who penned a five-year deal at Selhurst Park last December, has insisted that questions over his club future – with Goal.com exclusively revealing last month that Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in the youngster- has forced him to weigh up his options over a possible move in January.

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He told The Sun: "I have got a lot going on. I try to take my mind off it.

"I’m at Palace so I don’t need to think about anything else. The fans have got loads of love for me, so it’s a nice place to be.

"I just have to do what I have to do and forget about everything else. But when January comes I have to decide."

Zaha will remain eligible to play for Ivory Coast even if he takes the field on Wednesday due to the non-competitive nature of the Sweden game, and will become the first Championship player to represent the Three Lions since Jay Bothroyd in November 2010.