Zaha must be committed - Hodgson

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Roy Hodgson insists he only wants players who are 100% committed to playing for England after selecting Wilfried Zaha in the squad for tomorrow evening's friendly encounter with Sweden in Stockholm.

The Crystal Palace winger is also wanted to play for the Ivory Coast - the country of his birth - and inclusion for a non-competitive international will not affect his eligibility. Zaha has assured Hodgson he wants to represent England but second thoughts or doubts from any player about taking up such an honour would in any case receive short shrift from the head coach.

Hodgson said: "It is very simple for me. England, for me, is very important. To be asked to play for England is a major honour and a major feather in people's caps. I am not interested in people who are deciding whether England is where they want to be or whether they want to be somewhere else."

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