Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha. AFP

Wilfried Zaha has been recalled by Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Central African Republic.

The 25-year-old, capped twice by England before swapping allegiance to the Elephants, missed the win over Rwanda last month for “personal reasons”.

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The Crystal Palace forward has scored three goals in six Premier League matches this season but has never netted in a competitive international.

The team’s head coach, Ibrahim Kamara, also gave a first call-up to Chelsea academy goalkeeper Nicolas Tie and handed a return to Toulouse midfielder Ibrahim Sangare.

Back-to-back wins against the Central African Republic would all but secure a spot at next year’s Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon for the Ivorians, who trail early Group H leaders Guinea by three points, with the top two to qualify.

Ivory Coast Squad

Goalkeeper: Ali Badra Sangare (Free State Stars/RSA)), Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/COD), Abdoul Karim Cisse (ASEC Mimosas), Nicolas Tie (Chelsea/ENG).

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham/ENG), Eric Bailly (Manchester United/ENG), Mamadou Bagayoko (Mechelen/BEL), Ghislain Konan (Reims/FRA), Adama Traore (Goztepe/TUR), Kouadio-Yves Dabila (Lille/FRA), Wilfried Kanon (ADO Den Haag/NED), Ismael Traore (Angers/FRA).

Midfielders: Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse FC/FRA), Jean Michael Seri (Fulham/ENG), Cheick Doukoure (Levante/ESP), Franck Kessie (AC Milan/ITA) Serey Die (FC Basel/SUI), Victorien Angban (Metz/FRA).

Forwards: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG), Roger Assale (Young Boys Bern/SUI), Nicolas Pepe (Lille/FRA), Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse/FRA), Vakoun Bayo (Dunajska Streda/SVK), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon/FRA), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace/ENG).