Saphir Taider, Algeria
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World Cup: Inter Milan's Saphir Taider headlines 30-man provisional squad named by Algeria

Inter Milan's 22-year-old midfielder Saphir Taider headlines a 30-man Algerian World Cup provisional squad, featuring 23 players based in Europe.

Head coach Vahid Halilhodzic also called up Ryad Mahrez to Desert Foxes for the first time after he helped Leicester City -- also nicknamed the Foxes -- earn promotion to the English Premier League.

The early word is that the Algerian squad will be cut down to 23 players on June 1 following a tune-up match against Armenia. The FIFA deadline is June 2.

The Algerians have a tough road ahead of them at the World Cup against the likes of Belgium, Russia and Korea Republic in Group H. Should they advance, they would play the top two teams from Group G, which features the US men's national team.


Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia - Bulgaria / 28yrs)
Mohamed Zemmamouche (USM Alger - Algeria / 29yrs)
Ezzdine Doukha (USM El Harrach - Algeria / 27yrs)
Mohamed Cdric (CS Constantine - Algeria / 29yrs)


Esseid Belkalem (Watford - England / 25yrs)
Madjid Bouguerra (free agent, ex-Lekhwiva SC - Qatar / 31yrs)
Liassine Cadamuro (Real Mallorca - Spain / 26yrs)
Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli - Italy / 23yrs)
Rafik Halliche (Academica Coimbra - Portugal / 27yrs)
Nacereddine Khoualed (USM Alger - Algeria / 28yrs)
Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims - France / 22yrs)
Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio - France / 30yrs)
Carl Medjani (Valenciennes - France / 29yrs)
Djamel Mesbah (Livorno - Italy / 29yrs)


Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham - England / 19yrs)
Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia - France / 24yrs)
Yacine Brahimi (Granada - Spain / 24yrs)
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace - England / 28yrs)
Amir Karaoui (ES Setif - Algeria / 26yrs)
Medhi Lacen (Getafe - Spain / 30yrs)
Saphir Taider (Inter Milan - Italy / 22yrs)
Hassan Yebda (Udinese - Italy / 30yrs)


Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest - England / 30yrs)
Abdelmoumen Djabou (Club Africain - Tunisia / 27yrs)
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia - Spain / 24yrs)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City - England / 23yrs)
Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon - Portugal / 25yrs)
El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb - Croatia / 26yrs)
Foued Kadir (Rennes - France / 31yrs)
Nabil Ghilas (FC Porto - Portugal / 24yrs)

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