In a long interview with GuardianNabil Fekir returned to this moment when, in 2015, he had to choose between playing for France or Algeria, the country of his parents.
At the time at OL, Fekir had opted for the Blues against his father’s advice: “He didn’t want that. It’s normal. I completely understand that. He has his whole family there, he grew up there. His whole life is there. It hurt him a bit when I chose France. But that’s life: there are decisions, and it was mine. I take my responsibilities”.
The current Betis Seville midfielder actually explains that he feels “French and Algerian”. “Some people don’t understand that you can have dual nationality, that you can love two countries at the same time,” he continues. It was difficult for me. I was young. Many people say to choose France, many say Algeria. In the end, I chose France but those were very, very hard times. That’s life. I don’t regret anything I’ve done. »
With the France team, Nabil Fekir became world champion in Russia in 2018, for a total of 25 caps. The last in September 2020 against Croatia (4-2 victory) in the League of Nations.