Wilfried Zaha wants to set the record straight over his feud with Ravel Morrison, after the Crystal Palace star was accused of giving off a “bad energy”.
Zaha and Morrison – both highly-regarded English youngsters during the early stages of their careers – were involved in an on-pitch bust-up during an England U21s match back in 2013.
The Young Lions cruised to a 5-0 win over Lithuania but the occasion was marred by Morrison and Zaha clashing during the match.
Zaha recently lifted the lid on the incident and explained he was angered by what he perceived as selfishness by Morrison, who was then contracted at West Ham.
Morrison this week defended his display when speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe with Five YouTube show, claiming he was simply looking to complete a hat-trick.
On the interview itself, when pressed by Ferdinand – who made it clear he wanted ‘no beef’ between the two – Morrison felt the Crystal Palace star wasn’t being his true self.
Zaha, however, hit back on Tuesday morning and took to Instagram to make his feelings known – before swiftly deleting his post.
The former Manchester United jokingly asked Ferdinand to allow him to respond and wrote on Instagram: “Rio Ferdy, any chance I could get on your podcast again so I can explain my side to say that I’ve never claimed to be a bad boy and those who truly know me know that. Anyway, it’s all love.”
Zaha responded, albeit very briefly, after Morrison told Ferdinand: “The way he’s come across in that podcast, it’s like he had me backed up in a corner in the changing room or something.
“We had a problem on the pitch, when we got inside the changing room, he didn’t say a word and I didn’t say word.
“There was no bad energy, no bad vibes. Everyone was buzzing we won the game. But the way he came in that interview, he came into that changing room with some bad energy and I’m just sat there under pressure.
“Wilfried as a player, I think he’s a wicked player. But I think this bad energy he gives off in interviews, that’s not Wilf. If you know Wilf, you know what he’s like, there’s no bad-boy in Wilfried, he’s a good kid.
“I watched the whole interview and saw him mention his brothers and stuff like that, but that’s not Wilfried’s style.
“So to come in the changing room after, like he was on some ‘bad-boy energy’, I don’t understand it.”
Their heated exchange was well-documented at the time and last week, Zaha suggested that Morrison was ‘moving like Ronaldinho’ with his teammates annoyed at his antics.
“He was just getting me mad. He was moving like he was Ronaldinho and the rest of us were just no-one,” Zaha told the On The Judy Podcast.
“He was getting the ball and he was just doing tricks and the only time he passes it if he really needs to.
“We’re just stood there with our hands on our hips while he’s going past six Lithuanian players, and it’s just like ‘what are you doing?’.
“I just had enough, I was like ‘what are you doing?’ and out of the blue he just pushed me.
“I’m like ‘are you dumb?’, so I pushed him back and it was just nonsense on the pitch then when you go inside the man is silent.”