Valenciennes attacking midfielder Foued Kadir has told Al Heddaf that he hopes to represent the Fennecs in international competition one day but the 26 year old doesn’t want to be associated with many of his peers who have decided to embrace their heritage only since Algeria qualified for the World Cup.
With the Algerian national team coach, Rabah Saadane, currently on tour of Europe to scout possible reinforcements for his squad, a great number of French born players have cited their desire to play for the Greens but Kadir hopes the fact that he already played for the North Africans at youth level will show that he’s not only interested in switching allegiances because of this summer’s grand event.
“I’m not [an opportunist] because I’ve been in love with the national team since my childhood. Some don’t know it but I already have one cap with the U-20 Algerian side. Back then it was coached by the Ighil and Tasfaout duo. We played a friendly against a team from Ile-de-France. It was in 2004 but the memories are still good ones,” he explained.
Asked more specifically whether he would be prepared to play for Algeria if he was invited after the World Cup, Kadir said there was no question about it.
“Of course, I’ll repeat myself again. I’ve been in love with national team, not since yesterday, but since my childhood. It doesn’t matter when I’m called up, I’ll respond present without hesitation,” he said.
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