Algeria announce 24-man squad including Mahrez and Slimani

Algeria manager Rabah Madjer has named a 24-man squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Tanzania and Iran.

Newcastle striker Islam Slimani has been called up to the national team, despite not playing a single minute for his Premier League club due to a thigh injury.

Leicester City star has been picked, but there is no space for Galatasaray winger Sofiane Feghouli or Real Betis attacking midfielder Ryad Boudebouz.

Rais M’Bolhi has also not been selected, with all three goalkeepers picked from the Algerian league. There is a shock call-up for Essaid Belkalem, who started for Algeria in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup against Germany.

Below is the squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Faouzi Chaouchi (MC Alger), Toufik Moussaoui (Paradou AC), Abdelkader Salhi (CR Belouizdad)

Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (JS Kabylie), Aissa Mandi (Real Betis), Ramy Bensebaini (Rennes), Carl Medjani (Sivasspor), Mohamed Namani (CR Belouizdad), Farouk Chafai (USM Alger), Mokhtar Benmoussa (USM Alger)

Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Saphir Taider (Montreal Impact), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04), Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto), Ismael Bennacer (Empoli), Sofiane Hanni (Spartak Moscow), Zinedine Ferhat (Le Havre), Abdenour Belkheir (CS Constantine), Salim Boukhenchouche (JS Kabylie)

Forwards: Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb), Islam Slimani (Newcastle), Lamine Abid (CS Constantine), Farid El Mellali (Paradou AC), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd)

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