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Shock for Newcastle United as Islam Slimani called up by Algeria – Report


A massive surprise to see Islam Slimani named in the Algeria squad.

DZ Football have revealed the Algeria squad to face Tanzania and Iran on 21 March and 26 March respectively.

The Newcastle loan striker amongst the 24 players named.

Islam Slimani has not played a single minute in his time at Newcastle and indeed it was 16 January 2018 when he last got any minutes of club football, for Leicester in the FA Cup.

What Rafa Benitez will make of this remains to be seen.

Islam Slimani wasn’t fit enough to be involved on Saturday against Southampton, so for two friendly matches, are Algeria pushing their luck? Especially when they aren’t involved in Russia this Summer.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Faouzi Chaouchi (MC Alger), Toufik Moussaoui (Paradou AC), Abdelkader Salhi (CR Belouizdad)

Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (JS Kabylie), Aissa Mandi (Real Betis), Ramy Bensebaini (Rennes), Carl Medjani (Sivasspor), Mohamed Namani (CR Belouizdad), Farouk Chafai (USM Alger), Mokhtar Benmoussa (USM Alger)

Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Saphir Taider (Montreal Impact), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04), Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto), Ismael Bennacer (Empoli), Sofiane Hanni (Spartak Moscow), Zinedine Ferhat (Le Havre), Abdenour Belkheir (CS Constantine), Salim Boukhenchouche (JS Kabylie)

Forwards: Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb), Islam Slimani (Newcastle), Lamine Abid (CS Constantine), Farid El Mellali (Paradou AC), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd)

The Mag – 28 February…

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