Tottenham legend backs Spurs starlet for France World Cup squad

Former Tottenham hero David Ginola has suggested that current Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb should turn his back on Algeria to play for France.

Bentaleb, 19, has been a mainstay of the Spurs side since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre-Villas Boas, and his impressive displays have earned rave reviews from fans and pundits alike.

The midfielder has represented France at Under-20 level, but qualifies to play for Algeria, with reports even suggesting that he and his father had given reassurances to the Algerian FA that he would represent them over France, the country of his birth and upbringing.

But former Spurs legend Ginola, who earned 17 caps for Les Blues, believes that Bentaleb should play for France, even suggesting that he could earn a call up for this summer's World Cup.

I think Didier Deschamps already knows about Nabil and what he is capable of doing,” said Ginola. “Will it be enough for him to be in the World Cup squad? I don't know. He would have to end the season with Spurs quite well, scoring some goals and being as good as he was in the past few games, but why not? He will get a chance anyway. If it's not in the World Cup, it could be Euro 2016 in France.”

It's certainly high praise for a player who only really burst onto the scene in December, but Ginola is confident in Bentaleb's ability, and says Spurs have an outstanding prospect on their hands.

I have watched him many times and he is a young talent,' said Ginola. “He will be even better in two or three years' time. He has lots of progress in front of him. He is going to be a tremendous player. What he is capable of doing right now is very interesting. I am pretty sure in a year or two he will be very good for the club.”

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