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The teenager was expecting to watch the tournament from home but after a breakthrough season at Tottenham is thrilled to be testing himself against the world's best players

Nabil Bentaleb is delighted at the prospect of representing Algeria to the World Cup in Brazil after a breakthrough season with Tottenham.

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The midfielder broke into team under Tim Sherwood last season, with his form at White Hart Lane enough to earn a place in Vahid Halilhodzic's 23-man squad.

With 20 first-team outings for Spurs under his belt last season, Bentaleb also made his international bow against Slovenia in March and the teenager admits it is surprise to be travelling to Brazil.

"It's going to be amazing for me," he told the club's official website. "At the beginning of the season I was not expecting to play at the World Cup, I was looking to be at home watching it!

"I think it's been a very good season for me. It's my first season playing at the highest level and I think I did pretty well to get a chance to be in the World Cup. It's going to be an amazing experience."

Algeria face Belgium in their opening game of the finals, before matches against Group H rivals Russia and South Korea.


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