West Ham star Sofiane Feghouli hits back at critics after international form

Sofiane Feghouli - Algeria

The Algerian has also struggled to find his feet at West Ham this season.

West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli scores their third goalWest Ham's Sofiane Feghouli scores their third goal

West Ham United summer recruit Sofiane Feghouli has certainly struggled to have an impact at the club since his free transfer arrival from Valencia. He has played just five games for the club since his arrival, scoring one goal against Domzale in the Europa League.

He has had to deal with some injury problems but it is fair to say that West Ham fans expected more from the player.

They are not the only fans unhappy with his performances. Algeria fans were left despondent with their teams performance in a recent 1-1 draw with Cameroon in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. The result, at home, leaves them fighting up an uphill battle in a group that also includes recent AFCON winners Nigeria and Zambia.

Sofiane Feghouli - AlgeriaSofiane Feghouli - Algeria

But West Ham’s winger insists the players are devoted to the cause – as accusations fly against players, such as himself, who have switched nationality from France to play for the Desert Foxes. Feghouli is quoted by Le Buteur as stating:

"I always said I had the heart, one purpose of getting things for the good of the collective. I'm always invested myself for the national team, since my first call-up, and that will never change.

West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli in actionWest Ham's Sofiane Feghouli in action

“I recently heard of rogue, scum, star of the oversized ego, and I do not speak insults ... tried to smear me and my brothers in the selection.

"There is lack of recognition in people who spread rumors because they have a problem with those that they call them ‘dual nationals’ or more insulting ‘the immigrants’. They refuse to see the exceptional contributions that these players have brought.”

Leicester's Riyad MahrezLeicester's Riyad Mahrez

Other players in a similar situation to Fedhouli include Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and loaned out Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.

But Feghouli is clearly very proud to represent his nation. Now he must start to show just that with better performances on the pitch – both with Algeria and West Ham.

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