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Halilhodzic announces 23-man Algeria World Cup squad
Algeria’s final 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup has been confirmed as Vahid Halilhodzic has notably omitted Crystal Palace midfielder Adlene Guedioura and on-loan Nottingham forest forward Rafik Djebbour.
Both players were part of Les Fennecs’ 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa.
Following a 3-1 win over Armenia, Sporting Lisbon’s Islam Slimani and Porto’s Nabil Ghilas are in contention to lead the attack after both players found the net in Saturday’s win while Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli and Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb will be tasked to create chances for them in the midfield.
Another notable omission includes Rennes midfielder Foued Kadir, who netted six goals for the French side this past season.
The other four players cut from Algeria’s provisional 30-man squad were midfielders Ryad Boudebouz and Amir Karaoui, goalkeeper Azzedine Doukha and defender Nacereddine Khoualed.
Algeria take on Romania in their final pre-World Cup friendly in Switzerland before travelling to Brazil to kick off their campaign against Belgium on June 17th, with Korea and Russia being the other two teams to follow suit in group H.
Goalkeepers: Rais M’bolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger).
Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (Watford), Madjid Bougherra (Lekhwiya), Liassine Cadamuro Bentaiba (Mallorca), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli), Rafik Halliche (Academica), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno).
Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Yacine Brahimi (Granada), Medhi Lacen (Getafe), Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Hassan Yebda (Udinese).
Forwards: Abdelmoumen Djabou (Club Africain), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Nabil Ghilas (Porto), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon), Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).