yacine Brahimi (Photo: Reuters)
Former France youth international Yacine Brahimi is now eligible to represent Algeria at a senior level after receiving clearance from FIFA, the international football governing body.
"FIFA have transmitted to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) the official decision of the eligibility of the player Yacine Brahimi to play for the Algerian national team," a statement read on the Algerian football federation website on Thursday.
Brahimi has represented France at all youth levels. The 23-year-old Rennes midfielder has been on loan since last summer to Spanish side Granada.
Algeria are looking to rebuild their team after recent debacles, including a first round elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations 2013.
Last year Algeria secured Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, and Brahimi now seems ready to make his debut with the team when they will take Benin on 26 March in the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
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