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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Coach: Algeria representing Arab world

Soccernet staff

Algeria coach Rabah Saadane has upped the stakes ahead of his team's Group C clash against USA, saying his side are not only representing the country but also Africa and the Arab world.

"We have a great deal of responsibility," he said. "As it is we represent the African continent, the hopes of the African continent, and we also represent the Arab world."

However, he stopped short of including France, Algeria's former colonial rulers, in the list. "We already have a lot of responsibility - we don't want any more responsibility," he smiled. "It's a shame for France as there's a great connection between the two countries."

Saadane hinted he will stick with the same line-up that held England to a 0-0 draw last Friday. "We have two options. The first and most plausible one is that I'll stick with the team that gave such a good performance, but the second option is that I'll change a forward. I'll put my best team out there to play against the USA and we'll give it our best shot to do even better than we did against England."

Although Algeria are bottom, they can still qualify if they win and England fail to beat Slovenia. "It's a difficult group," Saadane said. "At the beginning, England were the favourites but now every team has its destiny in its own hands. We have a match to play and we'll try to do our best and get the victory."

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