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A closer look at Algeria’s first squad of 2019

So we have seen Algeria’s squad for the matches against Gambia and Tunisia, that comprises of 26 players.

Sofiane Feghouli has the most caps in the squad with 49, so he could make his 50th appearance for Algeria if he plays a match.

The squad also comprises of some uncapped players who could make their international debut, such as Zakaria Naidji and Victor Lekhal.

Rais M’Bolhi is out due to injury so there is a big opportunity for Doukha, Zeghba and Oukidja in between the sticks.

Veteran defender Rafik Halliche is called up, who went to the last two World Cups with Algeria in 2010 and 2014. Loucif will be back-up to Attal for right-back. The Paradou youngster appeared against Qatar in December.

Victor Lekhal is called for the first time after declaring in favour of Algeria over France. Boudaoui and Benkhemassa from the Algerian League are involved. Chita is injured.

Said Benrahma is recalled for the first time since 2015 after impressing for Brentford in the English Championship. There is no place for the out of form Islam Slimani.

Some key players have been left out, as Djamel Belmadi explores some new players to see if they are good enough to go to AFCON 2019.

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