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.
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