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Watford defender Essaïd Belkalem named on Algeria's substitute's bench for their World Cup opener against Belgium
Watford defender Essaïd Belkalem has been named on the substitute’s bench for Algeria in their World Cup group H opener against Belgium.
The 25-year-old centre-back only made seven starts and three substitute appearances during his first season with the Hornets but did enough to earn a place in his country's 23-man squad.
Belgium are the strong favourites to win this afternoon's game in Belo Horizonte and are also expected to top a group which also contains South Korea and Russia.
Algeria: Mbolhi, Bougherra, Ghoulam, Halliche, Feghouli, Medjani, Bentaleb, Soudani, Taider, Mahrez, Mostefa
Algeria substitutes: Zemmamouche, Si Mohammed, Cadamuro-Bentaiba, Mandi, Belkalem, Mesbah, Brahimi, Djabou, Yebda, Lacen, Ghilas, Slimani.
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Witsel, Dembele, De Bruyne, E.Hazard, Chadli, Lukaku
Belgium substitutes: Mignolet, Bossut, Vermaelen, Lombaerts, Vanden Borre, Ciman, Fellaini, Defour, Januzaj, Mirallas, Mertens, Origi.
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