Manchester United summer signing Wilfried Zaha has been assured of a place in England's Under-21 side - despite failing to worm his way into David Moyes' first-team plans.
Zaha, who joined up with the Premier League champions in the summer, is yet to feature in a competitive game for the Red Devils since his £15million move from Crystal Palace.
However new England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has told Zaha that he is guaranteed a place in his squad.
"Having just moved clubs it’s important Wilf beds in,’ said Southgate.
"At his club I think there is a lot of expectation. But he’s still the same lad who was at Crystal Palace a few months ago, just because somebody pays a big fee doesn’t mean you suddenly mature overnight and know the game inside out. He’s a raw talent.
"He’ll be a key part of our side whatever happens to him this year. He can feel when he comes with us that he wants to be here, he’s a big part of what we’re trying to do.
"We’ll pick players who are in form and showing well in training and doing well for their clubs – but with half an eye on what they’ve done for us in the past as well. I think that’s the best way to approach it really."
Zaha - who impressed on Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia, Australia and Scandinavia - will be hoping he will be given the nod to start against his former side on Saturday.
However Zaha, who has two senior international caps to his name, will have to move ahead of the likes of Antonio Valencia and Nani in the pecking order - if he is to be handed a start.