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Future Manchester United star Wilfried Zaha lights up England Under-21s with goal against Romania

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester United-bound youngster Wilfried Zaha took the plaudits after the England Under-21s beat Romania 3-0 last night.

The 20-year-old opened the scoring with a delightful curling effort and caused problems for the Romanian defenders all evening.

Coach Brian Eastick was full of praise for the Crystal Palace forward and lauded his ability to play anywhere across the front line.

“He is a very talented player and everybody knows that,” said Eastick.

“Having someone like Wilfried helps as he can play wide and he showed tonight can be really effective in those forward areas.”

During his time in the Championship the Ivorian-born player has regularly been deployed in a wide role, but for England he operates through the middle.

Zaha agreed to move to Old Trafford in January – a deal worth £10million – but remains at Selhurst Park until the summer.

It is unclear where Sir Alex Ferguson will deploy the youngster when he joins up with the Red Devils, but Eastick thinks the options are plentiful.

“He plays wide for Crystal Palace and it is a slightly different role we are asking him to do,” he added.

“Obviously in terms of international football, you need that flexibility. We don’t want to be too mechanic, too robotic.”

Zaha has earned one full international cap for Roy Hodgson’s side, when he was a late substitute in a friendly against Sweden in November.

However, the appearance was overshadowed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s dramatic overhead kick in the final minutes.

Picture courtesy of James Boyes, via Wikimedia Commons, with thanks.

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