Monday Nov 05, 2018. 12:37
According to reports, Benjamin Stambouli will make his debut for the Algerian national team this month after receiving his passport.
DZ Football report that the 28-year-old will represent the Fennec Foxes at international level having pledged his allegiance to the North African country following talks with head coach Djamel Belmadi.
Born in France, Stambouli has represented the country of his birth at youth level, but never at senior international level.
Stambouli started his playing career at Montpellier before joining Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain and eventually current employers Schalke 04 who he joined from the French champions two years ago.
The versatile centre-back, who can also feature in midfield, could make his debut for Algeria against Togo in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this month.
Stambouli recently returned from injury and captained the Royal Blues to a 3-1 win over Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga this past weekend.