Roy Hodgson has urged Aaron Wan-Bissaka not to turn his back on England like Wilfried Zaha did.
The Crystal Palace boss, who has managed both players, reckons Wan-Bissaka owes it to the country not to play for Congo instead.
And Hodgson, whose side face Wan-Bissaka’s Manchester United today, says it would be shame if he snubs the Three Lions like Zaha did.
The former England boss said: “I would like to see him hold on. I would like to see him wait a bit longer.
“At the moment there’s big competition at right-back and he might not get into the team. Wilf was another good example.
“It’s always disappointing for me to see how England did miss out to use Wilf Zaha.
“I’m hoping Aaron will be patient and not dive straight in to play for an African nation.
“Like a lot of players, there’s a background with Democratic Republic of Congo but it’s not a country he’s actually lived in.
“England is the country he’s lived in, grown up in and played all his football in so it would be nice if he can dedicate his skills to England.”
Zaha, who is set to miss out on a reunion with his old club through injury, snubbed England to play for the Ivory Coast.
And Wan-Bissaka is weighing up whether to pledge his international future to Congo after being overlooked in recent England squads.
Born here, he played youth football for both countries but pulled out of the senior Three Lions squad in August 2019 with a back injury.
Hodgson said: “I believe he is still young and has a big international future in front of him. As an Englishman, I would rather hope England would benefit from it.
“He’s developing extremely well. His ability on the ball has definitely improved. He’s getting forward a lot more than perhaps he was able to with us.
“His defending is still as good as ever. He’s one of the best one-v-one defenders in the league, that’s well documented.”
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