- France-born Algerian Nabil Fekir has revealed that his father was not happy with his decision to represent Les Bleus
- The 29-year-old was born in Lyon to Algerian parents but decided to play for the French national team at senior level
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Nabil Fekir has made a shocking revelation about his decision to pick France over Algeria for his international career.
The Real Betis star was born in France to Algerian parents, but decided to represent the country of his birth at the expense of his father's preference.
The 2018 World Cup winner revealed his father was hurt by his choice of international career.
"He didn’t want it. That’s normal," Fekir told The Guardian. "I understand that perfectly.
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"He has all his family there, he grew up there. His whole life was there. It hurt him a bit when I chose France. But that’s life: there are decisions, and that was mine. I take responsibility.
"That was very hard for me. My dad arrived in France the year before I was born; my mum is Algerian but had been there longer. Every year or so I would go to Algeria. I feel French and Algerian."
The highly-rated midfielder in the past was linked with moves to Liverpool and Real Madrid.
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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the Group D result cemented France's place on the summit of the pool with 15 points, four ahead of Finland who sits second.
The Saturday, November 13, clash staged at Parc des Princes saw Kylian Mbappe make history after hitting four of the eight goals.
Mbappe scored his side's opener inside just six minutes of action before doubling the advantage in the 12th minute.
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Fekir, 29, was a top transfer target for Liverpool following the departure of talisman Philippe Coutinho to Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
The deal was almost done with the Reds agreeing to secure the services of the 2018 World Cup winner at a fee of £48.4million with a further £4.4 million in bonuses.