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Zaha Wins First Cap

15 November 2012

Palace's wing wizard Wilfried Zaha made his first full international appearance when he came on in the 85th minute for England during their 4-2 defeat to Sweden in Stockholm.

The 20 year old won his first cap when he came on for Liverpool's Raheem Stirling but was powerless to prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a sensational fourth goal of the game as the Swedes opened their new Friends Arena in style.

Having previously won caps for the under 19s and under 21s, Zaha became Palace's first England international since Andy Johnson won a cap in 2005 against Holland.

Elsewhere, Kagisho Dikgacoi played 64 minutes of South Africa's shock 1-0 defeat to Zambia as their preparations ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations took a hit. Collins Mbesuma scored the only goal of the game just after the half-hour mark in Johannesburg, where KG's side hope to feature in the final of the continental tournament which takes place in their homeland in January.

Jonathan Parr also received a late call-up to the Norway squad who played Hungary in a friendly in Budapest, and came off the bench for the final 28 minutes to help his side record a 2-0 win against a side including former Eagles keeper Gabor Kiraly.

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