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Yannick Bolasie exclusive: No regrets over snubbing England

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High-flying Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie said he had no regrets choosing to represent DR Congo over England on the international stage.

"No. I don't think I have any regrets [choosing DR Congo]. Obviously it would be a dream come true if I was picked for England," he told GiveMeSport. In saying that, I'm still representing my mum and dad's country."

Crystal Palace are a team transformed under the tutelage of Tony Pulis. But for a 2-0 defeat to a title-chasing Manchester City outfit, the Eagles would be on a six-game unbeaten streak.

Yaya Toure obviously made a real impression on Bolasie in those 90 minutes, for when asked which Premier League player he'd love to see at Selhurst Park, he instantly named the Ivorian midfielder. 

"Seeing him play the other day, that was a hard one. The strength that he has in the centre; the power and pace that he possesses is ridiculous - he's up there with the best players in the world to be honest."

Transitioning from the Championship to the Premier League has been a real learning experience for the 24-year-old, particularly the way in which mistakes are invariably capitalised upon.

"It took a while to get used to the Premier League. Teams control the game, while in the Championship it's a bit open; its 50:50, anyone can win. One team has control of the game and the other sits back on the counter.

"Obviously when you make a mistake they punish you straight away; they aren't missing any chances. A lot of the players in the Premier League are top players."

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