West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli
Monday May 15, 2017. 10:00
West Ham United attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli says football is the number one sport in his home country, Algeria.
The 27-year-old was born in France and he was eligible to represent both his country of birth, and Algeria. He played for the French youth national teams.
In 2012, Feghouli switched his allegiance to Algeria and he made his debut, and went on to play for the Desert Foxes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
“When I was young, I'd watch all the Algerian players that plied their trade all over Europe, not that there were that many,” Feghouli told the club's website.
“I always tried to keep up with how they were getting on at their respective clubs.
Now that I'm a professional footballer, it's the opposite.
"There are Algerians who keep tabs on me and I still follow the other Algerians who play in Europe. The country has a population of 40 million," he added.
“Football is the number one sport there and we're really big football fans, especially when it comes to the national team.”
The former Valencia and Almeria midfielder has since made 42 appearances for Algeria - scoring 11 goals in the process.