Watford defender Essaïd Belkalem named on Algeria's substitute's bench for their World Cup opener against Belgium

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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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4:25pm Tue 17 Jun 14

HornetJJ says...

He would have been extremely unlucky not to have been named on the bench bearing in mind the rest of the squad who don't start are ALL on the bench!
He would have been extremely unlucky not to have been named on the bench bearing in mind the rest of the squad who don't start are ALL on the bench! HornetJJ
  • Score: 8

5:21pm Tue 17 Jun 14

jaemae2 says...

They'll be in good shape as long as he never sees the field in the tourny. Same thing goes for us except for the entire season....
They'll be in good shape as long as he never sees the field in the tourny. Same thing goes for us except for the entire season.... jaemae2
  • Score: -10

9:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Paul Gadd says...

Hope they have a good one- we need all our players playing as much as possible- fed up of half fit crocks playing in the team
COYH!
Hope they have a good one- we need all our players playing as much as possible- fed up of half fit crocks playing in the team COYH! Paul Gadd
  • Score: 3

11:23pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

Presumably he is on door duty at the team hotel.
Presumably he is on door duty at the team hotel. Andrew1963
  • Score: -1

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