Medhi Lacen is the one of the latest additions to the Algerian national team, as he made his debut in March of this year in the 3-0 friendly defeat to Serbia. How he joined the team is a funny story as he was first summoned to join the Desert Foxes back in 2006 for a friendly against Gabon by then-coach Jean-Michel Cavalli, but he couldn’t play because he didn’t have an Algerian passport then.
Three years later, in December of 2009, he was called on again but this time by the head of the federation himself, Mr. Mohamed Raouraoua, to join the team for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Angola this past January. However, once again the midfielder turned them down for personal reasons and Rabeh Saadane announced in the media that it was because of the Lacen’s wife’s pregnancy. Saadane gave it another shot two months later, and Lacen, who currently plays for Spanish second division outfit Racing Santander, agreed to join the squad for the scheduled friendly against Serbia.