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10 African-origin players who represent European countries


9. Nabil Fekir

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  • Snubbed: Algeria
  • Represents: France

Fekir made up his mind to play for France at senior level in 2015 when he was named in his ancestral Algeria’s squad for friendlies against Oman and Qatar in March 2015 but withdrew to take part in the French squad for friendlies against Brazil and Denmark.

Fekir became the seventh player with Algerian citizenship to play for the Les Blues, when making his debut against Brazil in 2018 joining Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Zinedine Zidane among others. He was also included in the squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

10. Sami Khedira

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  • Snubbed: Tunisia
  • Represents: Germany

The Juventus midfielder holds both a Tunisian and a German passport. His father is a Tunisian while the mother is a German.

Unlike the others included in the list, with Tunisia he would have had the chance to play at World Cup, but instead Khedira chose Germany. He was also part of the Germany squad that won the World Cup in Brazil 2014.


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