Bouazza facing dilemma
By Freelancer - Skysports
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Watford's Hameur Bouazza is offered the chance to play for Algeria.
Watford's Hameur Bouazza faces a dilemma after being offered the chance to play for Algeria.
The French winger was born near Paris and has always dreamed of playing for Les Bleus.
But his parents are from Algeria - and the football authorities from the north African country have contacted the 21-year-old about turning his back on his homeland.
Bouazza is set to be included in the Watford team to face Premiership champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday - and he hopes to get some advice from France international Claude Makelele about his chances of playing for Raymond Domenech's side.
"I've had a call from the Algerian FA, and I don't know what to do," Bouazza said. "I'm still only 21.
"I will speak to Adrian Boothroyd and see what his advice would be.
"We play Chelsea on Saturday, too, so I hope to speak to Claude Makelele after the game, and I might ask him about the situation.
"My dream has always been to play for the French national team. I will just have to see how things fall for me."
Bouazza's Vicarage Road career appeared to going nowhere when he was sent on loan to Swindon but he has turned the corner and become a regular for the Hornets this season.
"I went to Swindon to get my confidence back, and when I returned to Watford, the manager gave me the chance to play.
"I proved to him that I could play in the Premiership for this team," he added.