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    GarstonHorn wrote:
    The guy never looked fully fit from the start, if he has a good world cup and a decent pre season he could turn out to be a god player. i think he would be more suited to a back four which has been half a problem this year, with the lack of pace we have at the back a back four would be much better all round as it provides much more cover
    Dont think he'll ever be a god player...."
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VIDEO: Watford and Granada defender Essaid Belkalem makes Algeria's World Cup squad

Picture: Holly Cant

Picture: Holly Cant

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Watford loanee Essaid Belkalem has made Algeria's final 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The 25-year-old also scored with a volley from close range during his country's 3-1 win over Armenia in a friendly in Switzerland on Saturday.

Belkalem has been on a season-long loan with Watford and the Hornets have an option to sign the centre half, although he only made seven starts and three substitute appearances during the 2013/14 campaign.

Algeria are in Group H at this summer's World Cup with Belgium, Russia and South Korea.

Algeria's 23-man squad: Mohamed Zemmamouche, Rais M’Bolhi, Madjid Bougherra, Faouzi Ghoulam, Essaid Belkalem, Rafik Halliche, Djamel Mesbah, Carl Medjani, Aissa Mandi, Liassine Cadamuro, Medhi Lacen, Yacine Brahimi, Adlene Guedioura, Hassan Yebda, Saphir Taider, Riyad Mahrez, Mehdi Mostefa, Nabil Bentaleb, Sofiane Feghouli, Abdelmoumene Djabou, Nabil Ghilas, Islam Slimani, El Arbi Soudani.

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