Algeria’s national team could have been so much stronger over the past few years, if the following footballers had chosen to represent the Desert Foxes at international level. Here are five players that could have played for Algeria:
1) Zinedine Zidane
The now Real Madrid manager was born in France to an Algerian mother and an Algerian father. However, he went to go on to play for the country of his birth. His parents are from the Kabylie region of Algeria.
2) Karim Benzema
Benzema, like Zidane, is of Algerian descent. The striker was born in France to a mother from Oran and a father from Tigzirt. He went onto to become one of the best forwards in world football.
3) Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe was also born in France, but to an Algerian mother (Fayza Lamari) and a Cameroonian father. The youngster is tipped to be one of the biggest stars of world football in the future.
4) Mehdi Benatia
Benatia also has an Algerian mother, but chose the nation of his father and went on to represent the Moroccan national team. He could have solved the Desert Foxes’ defensive problems.
5) Nabil Fekir
The infamous story of Fekir’s nationality is still raw with many Algerians. Born in France to Algerian parents, Fekir originally intended to play for Algeria before switching to the French.