Crystal Palace legend Mark Bright has urged Wilfried Zaha to stick with England.
Zaha made his England debut last week in Sweden, but still qualifies for Ivory Coast.
Bright said: “I spoke to Wilfried about the Ivory Coast and told him they are a fading force.
“The strong players they have, like Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba, are nearing the end of their careers.
“Wilfried didn’t think he had any chance of getting into the England squad – maybe that’s why he’s been called in so early – to give him a taste of things.
“If he’s unsure about choosing another country then bringing him in and showing him he’s capable of playing at this level will probably help him commit himself to England.”