England manager Roy Hodgson has denied he has called up rising star Wilfried Zaha in an attempt to persuade him to shun Ivory Coast.

Zaha was born in the African nation and has stated that it remains a "50-50" decision as to which country he will pledge his international allegiance. The 20-year-old, who has played for England's under-age sides, will not be bound to Hodgson's team should he appear against Sweden on Wednesday because it is not a competitive fixture.

"He has not been chosen on the basis of one short training session," Hodgson said in an interview televised on Sky Sports News. "He has been selected on the basis of the past couple of years. He was a target of West Brom when I was there. I know what qualities he brings. When the opportunity arose with a gap in the squad to bring him it was an obvious chance to bring him in."

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