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Position: Central Midfield
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Having been promoted to the Spurs first team by Tim Sherwood, Nabil Bentaleb has wasted little time in establishing himself in the Premier League.
The Lille-born midfielder has represented France at under-19 level, but following a meeting with the president of the Algerian FA, Mohamed Raouraoua, in early February has pledged his allegiance to the Desert Foxes.
According to Algerian football expert Maher Mezahi, it is anticipated that Bentaleb will be called up for the side’s next friendly, in early March. He will bring both attacking and defensive qualities to the World Cup squad.
Club: Etoile du Sahel
Baghdad Bounedjah made his debut for the national side back in October 2011. While that invitation came as a shock, few expected that, almost two-and-a-half years later, he wouldn’t have returned back to the fold.
Maher Mezahi describes the player as such: “Bounedjah is the quintessential modern striker. He’s quite strong and keeps a low centre of gravity in spite of his height. His movement is dizzying, his touch soft, and his finishing efficient. You get the feeling that all Bounedjah needs is some accumulated experience and he could be a bona fide superstar.”
Might Vahid Halilhodzic decide to take another look at this talented player ahead of the World Cup?
Mezahi reckons that if the striker can continue with his current form, “He is currently the Tunisian league's most efficient scorer notching 6 goals in 6 appearances”, then he may well be on the plane to Brazil.
Club: Etoile du Sahel
Like one or two of the other Algerian players featured in this article, Benlamri was a part of the talented under-23 side that came so close to qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics.
He has graduated to the senior side since those heady days of 2011 and was invited to a training camp in May 2012, only for injury to disrupt his progress.
Algerian expert Maher Mezahi describes the player as such: “Benlamri is a physical anomaly, not only is he quite tall, but he can also shift gears and use his speed to neutralise other strikers. A versatile defender, he can play in both central defence and as a right-back.”