Palace star Zaha to celebrate England cap by playing 5-a-side with mates

If Wilfried Zaha wins a first England cap tonight, he's likely to celebrate with a game of five-a-side with his mates back in London.

Crystal Palace ace Zaha is so crazy about football that he plays five-a-side games with his mates in South London when he should be resting between Championship matches.

Former Palace chief Dougie Freedman, now in charge of Bolton Wanderers, said: “Wilfried has such enthusiasm for football. It is what will take him all of the way to the top.

“The kid won’t go home at times, he is the last one to leave training. But the best of all was that I knew he was playing fives away from the ground with his pals.

“A lot of managers would crack down on it or ban him. I just kept it quiet and monitored him. I never affected him or how he played, so I didn’t care and I let it go.”

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