World Cup 2010: Carl Medjani Overjoyed With First Algeria Call-Up

The centre-back was a surprise inclusion in Rabah Saadane’s 25-man provisional World Cup squad.

AC Ajaccio defender Carl Medjani has told Al Heddaf that he is absolutely thrilled with having been included in Algeria’s 25-man provisional World Cup roster by national team coach Rabah Saadane. The prospect of playing at the world’s premier football showcase is a source of pride of joy for the 24-year-old and his entire family, especially his father who is Algerian.

“I am very happy and proud for myself and the whole family. I’m even more pleased by this call-up because it gave great pleasure to my parents, particularly my dad, who is Algerian. When he heard the news, he cried, trust me. That tells you how touched and proud he was of this decision to play for Algeria,” explained the former Liverpool signee.

“All those close to me, my cousins are all so happy. My grand-mother is practically in heaven after this call-up even though all she knows about football are 'Zizou' [Zinedine Zidane] and myself. My family in Algeria are also ecstatic for me.”

The former France U-21 captain also mentioned that his only objective was to put himself at the service of the team and to show that he deserved the invitation to the upcoming Switzerland based training camp. Furthermore, Medjani said he wasn’t concerned about being able to adapt to his new team-mates since he already knows a number of them.

“Yes normally it [my integration] will go well. Honestly, the fact that I know a good amount of players in the team makes me optimistic. It’s going to help my integration, that’s certain. I know Yazid Mansouri and Karim Ziani pretty well as I played with them at FC Lorient. There are also Mourad Meghni and Djamel Abdoun who I played with in the French youth teams,” he said.

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