How Algeria’s team could have looked
Ever wondered just how strong the Algeria team would look if all the possible players had opted to play for the North African side? Let’s take a closer look…
GK: Rais M’Bolhi (Algeria)
Legend. M’Bolhi won the Man of the March award vs Germany in the 2-1 World Cup loss.
DF: Aissa Mandi (Algeria)
Mandi is now an established centre-back in La Liga.
DF: Mehdi Benatia (Morocco)
The central defender’s mother is Algerian, and Benatia’s defensive solidity and threat from set pieces would have been a huge boost to the Algerian national team.
DF: Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria)
The Napoli man is currently one of the best full-backs in world football.
MF: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
Our favourite Premier League winner with Leicester, as well as the 2016 Player of the Season.
MF: Zinedine Zidane (France)
We all know about Zizou. Born to Algerian parents in France, he went onto lift the World Cup.
MF: Samir Nasri (France)
Nasri was born to Algerian parents as well, but opted to pick the French national team. He won the Premier League with Manchester City.
MF: Yacine Brahimi (Algeria)
Brahimi assisted the famous goal at the 2014 World Cup which sent Algeria to the last 16 for the first time in their history.
FW: Nabil Fekir (France)
Fekir came through the Lyon academy and had orignally opted for Algeria, before switching to the country of his birth.
FW: Karim Benzema (France)
Benzema has always stated that his heart is Algerian, but chose against representing the country of his parents in order to have a chance of winning trophies at international level.
FW: Kylian Mbappe (France)
Born to an Algerian mother and a Cameroonian father, Mbappe’s background is very similar to that of the goalkeeper M’Bolhi.