Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is stepping up his push for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha to turn his back on England and commit to Ivory Coast.

The Sun says Elephants captain Drogba, now starring for Shenhua Shanghai, made the call from China in a last-ditch bid to beg Zaha to ditch the Three Lions.

Zaha, 19, is one of the hottest properties in English football and is a target for Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City.

He has played five times for England Under-21s this year but qualifies to play for the Ivory Coast as he was born there before his parents moved to London.

Drogba made the call this week but it appears to have failed as Zaha is determined to make his mark for the England senior side.