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Schalke midfielder Stambouli to play for Algeria

Schalke midfielder Benjamin Stambouli will represent Algeria at international level, it has been confirmed.

New manager Djamel Belmadi has been working on getting an Algerian passport for the 28-year-old since August, and he could make his debut against Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Stambouli, who currently plays in the Bundesliga along with Nabil Bentaleb, is a defensive central midfield player. He has been at big clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham, and spent the majority of his club career at Ligue 1 side Montpellier.

Central midfield has been an area that Algeria have really struggled with in recent months, particularly in defensive areas so hopefully Stambouli can fix that.

He was born in Marseille, but has never represented the French national team in his career apart from at youth level for the U21s where he played on three occasions for them.

Maxime Lopez and Houssem Aouar have both been linked with playing for Algeria in recent weeks, however Stambouli has completed the passport application process and has officially become an Algerian citizen.

Stambouli will compete with the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Saphir Taider and Ismael Bennacer for the positions in central midfield. We are 222 days away from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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