‘It’s about making the right decision’: Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira says he will advise but not force Marc Guehi into making a decision over his international future after making his England debut in a friendly
- Marc Guehi made his England debut in a friendly with Switzerland last weekend
- The Crystal Palace defender though still has the option to switch allegiances
- Patrick Vieira says he will advise Guehi but the decision is up to the defender
Patrick Vieira will advise but not force Marc Guehi into making a decision over his international future, with the Crystal Palace defender currently weighing up his options.
Born in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, Guehi still has the option to switch allegiances having made his England debut in a non-competitive friendly against Switzerland last weekend.
Vieira will listen to Guehi and discuss his options, but insisted a final decision must lie with the defender and his family.
Marc Guehi made his England debut but could still switch allegiances to the Ivory Coast
‘Only Marc and his family can make that decision,’ he said. ‘If he came to me I would talk to him but I would not give him the answer, the answer has to come from him.
‘It’s about making the right decision and I think that can be a family decision as well.’
Guehi played the full 90 minutes in England’s 2-1 victory at Wembley last Sunday, where team-mate and fellow defender Tyrick Mitchell also made his Three Lions bow.
‘I watched the game and I shouldn’t say surprised but Marc is really calm and composed on and off the field but when you play at international level, at Wembley, you expect some nerves,’ he added. ‘He didn’t show any and that really surprised me.
Patrick Vieira says he will advise but not force the Crystal Palace defender into a decision
Vieira says that only Guehi and his family can make the decision over his international future
‘Tyrick the same. I think those two players are showing that, yes they have the talent to play at that level but they also have the personality and the character to deal with the pressure that comes with it.
‘Of course now I will be even more demanding of them but these players they want to improve, they want to work everyday.
‘I strongly believe that they can be the players that I expect them to be.’
Attentions now turn to Monday’s clash against in-form Arsenal, with Guehi expected to, once again, be at the heart of Palace’s back four.