By Danny Wright
West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli desperately wants to take part in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
However the Algerian attacker has admitted that he and his side face a great challenge in reaching the tournament that takes place next summer.
Algeria are currently bottom of group B in the African section qualifying after two games.
A draw with Cameroon and a loss to Nigeria mean that it’s a tough ask for the Desert Warriors to finish in the top spot required for progress to the main tournament.
Zambia are also part of what is arguably the ‘group of death’ in African qualifying.
“I was lucky enough to play in it in 2014 and Algeria played very well. It was a dream come true for millions of Algerians and we made history by reaching the last 16 for the first time,” said Feghouli, as quoted by the official West Ham website.
“We played a historic tie against Germany in which we were on the verge of knocking them out. I was very happy and proud to take part in that incredible adventure.
“I’d like to play in it again in 2018, although it will be very difficult to qualify.”
In 23 appearances in all competitions during Feghouli’s debut season with the Hammers, the right winger has scored three goals and supplied three assists.
He joined West Ham in the summer from Valencia where he made over 200 appearances across all competitions.
Despite rising through the ranks of international football playing at two different youth levels for France, Feghouli has made 42 appearances for Algeria and has scored 11 goals.
His international future appears to be in turmoil though as he only completed 12 minutes in the matches with Nigeria and Cameroon while he wasn’t in the squad for the recent African Cup of Nations.
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