Wilfried Zaha has hit back at Gareth Southgate after his comments this weekend
Zaha now represents he Ivory Coast and has six caps after making two appearances for the England first team.
Southgate was asked about the winger after the win over Lithuania on Sunday and Zaha has taken exception to his comments by releasing a statement through his agent Will Salthouse.
The statement said: “Wilfried did not impose a timescale or set a date by which he had to be selected by England. There was no ‘disappearing egg-timer’.
Wilfried Zaha now has six caps for Ivory Coast after switching allegiances
Wilfried Zaha has been in good form for Crystal Palace this season
“The 'private' meeting with Mr Southgate was very amicable, however the fact remains that Wilfried made his decision to play for the Ivory Coast prior to Mr Southgate being appointed interim and subsequently permanent England manager.
“It was Wilfried's personal choice and it was his right as a senior player to accept the opportunity to represent his nation of birth and that of his family heritage.
“His 'desire' or 'passion' should never have been publicly questioned for making that decision. Wilfried is very proud of his family and very proud to represent the Ivory Coast, most recently demonstrated by his performance against Russia.”
Zaha has been impressive for Palace this season and now has two goals for his new country.
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But Southgate was insistent that he had to pick players who wanted to play for England.
"I have to focus on players who are desperate to play for England,” he said on Sunday.
“If you don't feel that 100 per cent passion, I am not sure it is for me to sell that to you.
"It should be your desire to play for your country. It should be them coming to us. Jermain Defoe's whole life has been a desire to play for England. If you'd approached him to go and play for somebody else, he would not have done it.
"I did not get capped with England until I was 25. I had no interest in playing for anybody else. I'm English and proud to be English."